One worker at The Cookery Restaurant at the Flying J truckstop on Interstate 85 has contracted the potentially fatal disease, and other is suspected of having it. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver. One of the main methods of transmission is people who don't wash their hands after going to the bathroom.
Health officials are asking anyone who ate at the restaurant on Nov. 24, or between Nov. 27 and Dec. 3 to get a shot of immune globulin no later than two weeks since their visit. People who ate at the restaurant between Nov. 10 and Nov. 23 also may have been exposed to the disease, but it's too late for immune globulin to be effective.
Symptoms of hepatitis A include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, fever and chills, jaundice, pain in the liver area, dark urine, light-colored stools and abdominal pain. It infects approximately 150,000 in the United States each year, killing about 100.
There is currently no treatment for hepatitis A, although rest and proper nutrition can relieve some symptoms. Most patients begin recovery within three weeks, although some have prolonged or relapsing symptoms for up to six months.