26 Hospitalized, 1 Dead in Famous Anthony’s Hepatitis Outbreak

Twenty-six people are hospitalized and one person is dead in a hepatitis A outbreak linked to Famous Anthony’s restaurants in Virginia. Fatalities from hepatitis A are rare, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is the first time a death has been reported in association with a recent hepatitis A outbreak, WSLS News reported.

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Dr. Cynthia Morrow, health director for the Roanoke & Alleghany Health Districts told WSLS that there is a high rate of severe disease associated with this outbreak. Of the 37 people sickened, 26 have been hospitalized.

Hepatitis A is a virus that causes an infection of the liver. A vaccine given within two weeks of exposure can prevent illness. The Roanoke City Health Department, located at 1502 Williamson Road, is offering the vaccine on Thursday, October 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Friday, October 22 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, appointments aren’t necessary.

In hepatitis A outbreaks associated with restaurants, transmission usually occurs when an infected food handler uses the bathroom and does not wash hands properly. This outbreak has been linked to a Famous Anthony’s employee with a hepatitis A infection who worked at three of the restaurant’s locations. Customers who ate at any of the following Famous Anthony’s locations between August 10 and August 26 could have been exposed:

  • 2221 Crystal Springs Ave. SW
  • 4913 Grandin Road SW
  • 6499 Williamson Road in the Brookside Shopping Center

Symptoms of a Hepatitis A infection can take as long as 50 days to develop. They include yellowing of the skin or eyes, decreased appetite, abdominal cramps, nausea, fever, fatigue, dark urine, and clay-colored stools. Without treatment, these symptoms can last weeks or months.

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