What Is Hepatitis A? Taco Bell Confirms Case of Virus at Ohio Restaurant | #ESC_LLC #Hepatitis #Restarant #Health | One person at the Taco Bell in Warren, Ohio, was confirmed to have a case of hepatitis A, while eight other employees showed symptoms of the virus, WFMJ reported Monday. The results had yet to come back from the hospital, according to the news station.
In a statement to Newsweek, the Taco Bell Corp. said the owner of the franchise placed the employee with the virus on leave, and the restaurant was sanitized. The franchise said it was working with local health officials during the investigation.
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Hepatitis A is an infectious disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Many cases have few or no symptoms, especially in the young. The time between infection and symptoms, in those who develop them, is between two and six weeks. When symptoms occur, they typically last eight weeks and may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice, fever, and abdominal pain. Around 10–15% of people experience a recurrence of symptoms during the six months after the initial infection. Acute liver failure may rarely occur, with this being more common in the elderly.
It is usually spread by eating food or drinking water contaminated with infected feces. Shellfish which have not been sufficiently cooked are a relatively common source. It may also be spread through close contact with an infectious person. While children often do not have symptoms when infected, they are still able to infect others. After a single infection, a person is immune for the rest of his or her life. Diagnosis requires blood testing, as the symptoms are similar to those of a number of other diseases. It is one of five known hepatitis viruses: A, B, C, D, and E.