November 7, 2017

State of Alabama
Press Release: Public Health, Alabama Department of

Hepatitis A investigation in Anniston complete

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Karen Landers, M.D., F.A.A.P.
(256) 246-1714

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), in cooperation with Marco’s Pizza in Anniston, has completed its investigation of a food handler who was infected with hepatitis A virus. The investigation began in October 2017. Marco's Pizza has fully cooperated and supported departmental efforts to ensure that all customers who may have been exposed to hepatitis A were notified and educated about what steps they should take to be safe.

"As a result of Marco's Pizza's quick actions and those of the Calhoun County Health Department, no additional cases have been reported. I commend Marco's for working so well with us. ADPH has contacted many customers directly to inform and educate them," said Dr. Karen Landers, Medical Officer for the Northern/Northeastern Districts, ADPH.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection that can be transmitted person-to-person and by eating food or drinks prepared by an infected person. Hepatitis A vaccine can prevent infection, but only if given within 14 days of exposure to hepatitis A. The Hepatitis A vaccine can be given to persons 12 months to 40 years of age who have never had the vaccine. Persons over 40 years old can sometimes take the Hepatitis A vaccine or may require immune globulin.

For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention at cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/index.htm.

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