Employee at Columbus restaurant confirmed to have hepatitis A


The Columbus health department is working with Eddy’s Chicken and Waffles located at 1808 E. Livingston Ave. after a case of hepatitis A has been confirmed in a restaurant employee.

Columbus Public Health says the employee had direct contact with food. They say anyone who has been to the location between Feb. 1 and Feb. 11 is encouraged to get a hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible and to watch for symptoms.

Symptoms include jaundice, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.

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The health department says they are providing vaccinations to workers at the restaurant and that no one else is ill.

An information line has been set up for people with questions or wanting information on the hepatitis A vaccine at 614-645-1474, option 3.

A free public vaccination clinic for adults who visited the restaurant will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18, at Columbus Public Health located at 240 Parsons Ave.

Vaccines are also available from healthcare providers and retail pharmacies, the health department says.

Columbus Public Health has investigated 269 cases of hepatitis A since a statewide outbreak was declared in 2018.