Employee at Little Caesars Pizza in Newark diagnosed with hepatitis A

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NEWARK, Ohio — The Licking County Health Department has confirmed a case of Hepatitis A in an employee at the Little Caesars Pizza in Newark.

Officials say only one case has been identified and the facility closed voluntarily on July 30 for extensive cleaning and facility repairs.

The health department has been working with the location to schedule a clinic to offer Hepatitis A vaccinations to all employees.

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The most common way Hepatitis A is spread is from ingesting something that has come into contact with the feces from an infected person.

Individuals who are at an increased risk of contracting Hepatitis A include:

  • Persons with direct contact with persons who have hepatitis A
  • Travelers to countries with high or intermediate rates of hep A infection
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Users of injection and non-injection drugs
  • Persons with clotting factor disorders
  • Persons working with nonhuman primates
  • Household members and other close personal contacts of adopted children newly arriving from countries with high or intermediate hepatitis A rates

The health department recommends that these individuals and anyone that wants to be protected from contracting Hepatitis A, receive the vaccine.

Little Caesars released this statement following the incident:

“The situation at our Newark, OH, store is an isolated case involving a single employee who contracted Hepatitis A. We voluntarily closed the store based on the recommendation of the health department and have completely complied with their guidance; giving our employees time to get vaccinated and to sanitizing the store. The health department has also released a statement saying that there is very low risk to the public and to our customers. We expect the store to reopen later this week.”

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