Health Officials: Patrons at Watkins Glen restaurant may have been exposed to Hepatitis A
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) – Schuyler County Public Health officials are warning that people who ate at the Seneca Harbor Station restaurant located on Franklin Street in Watkins Glen between June 11th and June 21st were potentially exposed to hepatitis A.
Officials say that most people do not get sick when an employee at a restaurant has hepatitis A, but there is still a risk.
“While the risk of infection is low, anyone who may have eaten at the restaurant during this time frame should check their immunization status and come to one of our clinics or visit their healthcare provider if necessary” said Schuyler County Public Health Director Deborah Minor, RN, MPH.
As a result of this possible exposure, the Schuyler County Public Health is advising anyone who ate food at the restaurant between June 12 and June 21 to receive a free hepatitis A vaccine during one of the upcoming clinics. The clinics will be held at the Schuyler County Human Services Complex on the following days and times:
- June 26 from 2-7PM
- June 27 from Noon to 6PM
- June 28 from Noon to 4PM
The Complex is located at 323 Owego Street in Montour Falls.
The hepatitis A vaccine is only effective within two weeks of exposure to the virus. People who ate at the Seneca Harbor Station restaurant between June 12th and June 21st (and have not been previously vaccinated against hepatitis A) should receive the vaccine as soon as possible. Pre-registration for the clinic is encouraged. Visit www.health.ny.gov/go2clinic to pre-register. If you cannot pre-register, please bring your driver’s license or another form of identification.
Those who ate at the Seneca Harbor Station restaurant on June 11th, may have been exposed as well, but will not benefit from hepatitis A vaccine to prevent an infection and are encouraged to monitor themselves and their families for symptoms for 50 days after consuming the food.
Symptoms may include:
Fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark-colored urine, clay-colored stools, joint pain, or jaundice.
If you have any symptoms, contact your doctor and be sure to tell them that you may have been exposed to hepatitis A.
The owner and staff at the restaurant are reportedly complying with all recommendations from the state and local health department. Health officials say the restaurant is currently open and there is no risk to eating there at this time.
For more information:
- Call 607-535-8140 or visit the Schuyler County Public Health website at https://www.schuylercounty.us/166/Public-Health
- New York State Department of Health http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/hepatitis/
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/afaq.htm
- Vaccine Information Sheet (“VIS”) http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/hep-a.html