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Patrons who dined at west Charlotte Hardee's possibly exposed to hepatitis A

(Ron Lee | WBTV) (Ron Lee | WBTV)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Patrons who dined at a Hardee's in west Charlotte this month may be at risk for hepatitis A, health officials announced in a press conference Tuesday afternoon. 

"Patrons who ate at Hardee's restaurant on Little Rock Road in Charlotte between June 13 and 23 should receive a hepatitis A vaccination as soon as possible," health officials urge.

The Hardee's managed 4,000 orders during the given time period, leading to 4,000 or more people who may have been exposed to the illness. 

“After consulting with the State today, we are recommending a vaccination for exposed employees and patrons who ate at the 2604 Little Rock Road location between June 13 and 23,” Public Health Director Gibbie Harris said. “According to the CDC, the vaccine must be given within 14 days of exposure for the vaccine to be effective.”

The restaurant is voluntarily shutting down due to the recent exposure, health officials announced in Tuesday's press conference. 

Vaccination clinics for customers who may have been exposed will be held at the following dates, times and locations: 

  • Wednesday, June 27 from 8 a.m. – 7.p.m, and Thursday, June 28 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at Northwest Health Department, 2845 Beatties Ford Rd. and Southeast Health Department, 249 Billingsley Rd., Charlotte.
  • Friday, June 29 from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Hal Marshall Building, 700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.
  • Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Hal Marshall Building, 700 N. Tryon St, Charlotte.

The exposure came from an individual who brought their illness into the restaurant, health officials say, not from the food. 

Five cases were announced in an earlier outbreak and an additional five cases have been reported since then, totaling to 10 cases since April 20.

"People who dined at Hardees on Little Rock Road on June 13 and 14 are strongly urged to get a vaccination in the next two days," health officials urge. 

Those at highest risk for contracting hepatitis A are:

  • Those who are household members, caregivers, or have sexual contact with someone who is infected with hepatitis A
  • Men who have sexual encounters with other men
  • Those who use recreational drugs, whether injected or not
  • Recent travel from countries where hepatitis A is common
  • Homeless individuals who do not have easy access to handwashing facilities

Health officials describe hepatitis A as a "highly contagious" liver disease caused by a viral spread from person to person. The illness can last for weeks to months. 

"Hepatitis A spreads through the fecal-oral route, most commonly by forgetting to wash your hands after using the bathroom or changing diapers, having sexual contact with infected partners and eating or drinking foods contaminated by hepatitis A," health officials stated in a release. 

Symptoms include nausea, fever, yellowing of the skin and eyes, dark urine, gray feces, joint pain, feeling tired, loss of appetite and stomach pain. 

If you have questions about Hepatitis A or need help locating a clinic with vaccines you can call 980-314-9400 or 844-221-1926.

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