WASHINGTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The Franklin County Health Department is encouraging people to get vaccinated if they've eaten at the Bob Evans in Washington recently.

According to the Missouri Department of Health, an employee at the Bob Evans restaurant located on 3151 Phoenix Center Drive has Hepatitis A.

The employee was working while infectious on Aug. 3-10.

Anyone who consumed food or drinks at this Bob Evans location during Aug. 3 - 12 is recommended to receive a vaccination by Aug. 17.

Free vaccinations are being administered at 414 East Main Street in Union on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, Aug. 16, 2019; 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019; 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Anyone who ate at the location between Aug. 3-12 is also asked to monitor their health for symptoms of Hepatitis A, to wash their hands with soap and warm water frequently and to stay at home and contact their doctor if any symptoms appear.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A include: loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, fever, stomach pain, brown colored urine, and light colored stools. Yellowing of the skin or eyes might also occur. People can become ill up to 7 weeks after being exposed to the virus.

Statement from Bob Evans Restaurants, LLC:

"We are committed to the health and safety of our employees and guests and we are working closely with the Franklin County Health Department to ensure each of their safety and well-being. Because the illness can be contagious for up to two weeks prior to the onset of symptoms, all Bob Evans employees at the restaurant will be vaccinated prior to their return to work and all new hires will be vaccinated moving forward. While it is uncommon for restaurant patrons to become infected with hepatitis A virus due to an infected food handler, anyone who consumed food or drink at this Bob Evans restaurant during Aug. 3-12, 2019, is recommended to receive vaccination by Aug. 17 as further protection from becoming ill. Bob Evans has set-up a dedicated toll-free phone line for those who may have questions or issues. We encourage our guests with questions to reach out to us at 888-719-5061. As of Aug. 12, 2019, 400 cases of Hepatitis A virus infection have been linked to the outbreak in Missouri and over 23,000+ across the US."

 

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