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SouthPark restaurant worker latest case of hepatitis A, officials say




CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Mecklenburg County Health Department has confirmed another case of hepatitis A.

[PAST COVERAGE: Mecklenburg Co. health department wraps up hepatitis A vaccinations following outbreak]

Health officials have not identified the person but said they are a restaurant worker.

Officials said the possible hepatitis A exposure happened at Village Tavern on Congress Street on Oct. 30. All patrons who ate there on that day are recommended to get the hepatitis A vaccine.

[CDC: Hepatitis A information]

“After consulting with the State today, we are recommending a vaccination for all employees and exposed patrons who ate at Village Tavern located at 4201 Congress Street on Tuesday, Oct. 30,” Public Health Director Gibbie Harris said. “According to the Centers for Disease Control, the vaccine must be given within 14 days of exposure for it to be effective.”

Channel 9 found that the Village Tavern was inspected by the health department on Sept. 21 and scored an 87. The restaurant was inspected again on Oct. 10 and received a 92.5.

Vaccinations for customers who may have been exposed and for residents who meet the high-risk factors for hepatitis A will be held at Mecklenburg County Health Department on Billingsley Road.

Below are the times the public health vaccination clinics will be open:

  • Thursday, Nov. 8: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 9: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 10: 9 a.m. – Noon
  • Sunday, Nov. 11: 9 a.m. – Noon
  • Monday, Nov. 12: 9 a.m. – Noon
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This is the 24th case of hepatitis A reported in the county since the beginning of the year.

In June, health officials said a Hardee's employee in west Charlotte was diagnosed with the virus.


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Thousands of people were warned to get a vaccine after they ate at the Hardee's restaurant where the employee worked.

To read more about the hepatitis A outbreak in Mecklenburg County click here.

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