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GREENE COUNTY -- A restaurant worker in Greene County made food while infected with hepatitis A.
The person worked at a Papa John's off State Road 54 in Linton, reports WEVV-TV in Evansville.
13 people in Greene County and more than 2,100 people statewide have gotten hepatitis A since Nov. 2017, when the Indiana State Dept. of Health declared a statewide epidemic.
Since then, at least 2,100 Hoosiers have been diagnosed with hepatitis A. ISDH says four of those people died.
Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. It's often spread when someone consumes food or drinks prepared by someone who is infected. It can also be transmitted through personal contact with a sick person, including sex.
Symptoms may take 15 and 50 days to appear and include:
- Abdominal pain or discomfort, especially on the upper right side beneath your lower ribs (by your liver)
- Clay-colored bowel movements
- Dark urine
- Intense itching
- Joint pain
- Loss of appetite
- Low-grade fever
- Sudden nausea and vomiting
- Yellowing of the skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
The best way to avoid hepatitis A is by washing hands after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing or eating food. Health officials also encourage people to get the hepatitis A vaccine.