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Health officials confirm hepatitis A case in worker at Kahala McDonald’s

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The state Department of Health has confirmed another case of hepatitis A involving a food service worker on Oahu.

The infected employee of the McDonald’s at 4618 Kilauea Ave. in Kahala worked on Sept. 20-21, 23-24, and 27-29 and Oct. 1, 4-5, 7, and 11, health officials said today in a news release.

In August, officials confirmed the source of the hepatitis A outbreak was contaminated frozen scallops imported from the Philippines. They were served raw at Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai. The Health Department halted all sales and distribution of the product and ordered affected Genki restaurants to shut down. They reopened three weeks later after the restaurants were thoroughly sanitized and all employees were medically screened and cleared.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said the latest case “was identified and reported to us later in their illness but had their symptom onset within the 50-day maximum incubation period from the date the scallops were embargoed.”

“The department will continue to investigate all reported cases of hepatitis A and remain alert for other late-presenting cases as well as secondary cases,” she said.

Health officials say the chance of customers getting hepatitis A from an infected food-service worker is “very low,” but they make the information public as a precaution.

There have been 291 cases of the infectious liver disease in Hawaii since the outbreak began this summer. However, the outbreak is believed to be ending with only one new case reported last week.

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