Hundreds Need Vaccinations After NH Bartender Diagnosed With Hepatitis A
CONCORD, N.H. (CBS/AP) — Up to 1,000 people who ate or drank at an American Legion hall and restaurant in Hopkinton, N.H., are being asked to get vaccinated after a bartender was diagnosed with hepatitis A.
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Public health director Dr. Jose Montero says the bartender worked at both the American Legion and the Covered Bridge Restaurant in the Hopkinton village of Contoocook.
Jeremy Frost, a manager at the Covered Bridge, says the employee was a part-time female bartender. The restaurant is closed for now.
The American Legion hung up the phone when contacted by WBZ-TV.
Health officials believe an estimated 600 to 1000 people may have been exposed to the disease.
Patrons who visited between July 20 and Aug. 3 will be asked to get vaccinated at clinics being set up Friday and Saturday.
Those clinics will be held August 9th from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and August 10th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hopkinton High School,
297 Park Ave, Contoocook, NH.
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that can last from a few weeks to a several months.
People often contract it when an infected food handler prepares food without appropriate hand hygiene. Symptoms can take up to 50 days to show up.
WBZ-TV’s Michael Rosenfield contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelWBZ4
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