The state health department confirmed a new case of hepatitis A today in a food service worker on Oahu.
The infected person worked at Chart House Waikiki, located at 1765 Ala Moana Blvd., between Sept. 1-4 and 8-11. However, the likelihood that patrons of this business will become infected is very low, health officials said.
The latest case brings the total of confirmed hepatitis A cases in the outbreak to 271.
“The cause of the outbreak has been identified as frozen scallops that were served uncooked, but the long period of incubation, up to 50 days, means we could see cases of hepatitis A into October,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park.
“We will continue to inform the public regarding infected food handlers so that customers who may have been exposed during those service dates can consult their healthcare provider, especially if exposure was in the past two weeks and the customer might still be able to receive vaccination or immune globulin to prevent infection.”