A hepatitis A outbreak linked Famous Anthony’s in Roanoke, VA includes at least 35 people, 20 have been hospitalized, according to the latest information from Dr. Cynthia Morrow, health director for the Roanoke & Alleghany Health Districts. And those numbers are likely to go up, she said.
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During a live COVID-19 update broadcast yesterday on the WDBJ7 digital news desk, Morrow took questions from a virtual audience. One of the questions was if there was an update about the hepatitis A outbreak linked to Famous Anthony’s.
When the outbreak was first announced on September 24, 10 illnesses were reported. By September 28, the number of cases had climbed to 14. As of October 12, health officials had confirmed 35 cases and were aware of more illnesses that had been reported over the long weekend.
Morrow said that some of the cases were secondary infections, meaning people who had gotten the virus from the restaurant transmitted to others in their households.
Hepatitis A, which causes an infection of the liver, is a highly contagious virus. In outbreaks associated with restaurants, transmission usually occurs when an infected food handler uses the bathroom and does not wash hands properly.
In this outbreak, health officials have identified the source as a Famous Anthony’s employee with a hepatitis A infection who worked at three of the restaurant chain’s locations. Consumers 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
Hepatitis A symptoms can take as long as 50 days to develop. They include yellowing of the skin or eyes, decreased appetite, nausea, abdominal cramps, fever, fatigue, dark urine and clay-colored stools. Without treatment, these symptoms can last weeks or months.
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