Health Officials Investigate Possible Hepatitis A Exposure in North Mississippi Restaurant


JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is investigating a

case of hepatitis A in a food service worker that could have led to possible exposure for

restaurant customers. An employee of Los Encinos Mexican Grill (132 W. Main Street) in

Calhoun City, MS has been diagnosed with hepatitis A virus, and patrons who ate at the

restaurant from July 5 to July 23 might have been exposed.

“The risk of transmission is likely low, but anyone who dined at the restaurant during that

time period should consider getting a hepatitis A vaccination from their healthcare provider,

pharmacy or any county health department, if they have not been previously immunized”

said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that can be spread when the virus enters the mouth

after someone touches an object, food or drink that is contaminated by the feces of an

infected person. Symptoms of infection include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, jaundice and

abdominal pain. Anyone who has symptoms consistent with hepatitis A should consult

their healthcare provider.

“It’s important to always wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom,” said

Dr. Byers. “Additionally, the best way to prevent infection is by getting the vaccine. It’s safe

and effective.”

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