Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at Indianapolis Restaurant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2018

(Indianapolis) – The Marion County Public Health Department reports that customers of an Indianapolis restaurant may have been exposed to Hepatitis A.

Individuals who dined at Fresco Italian Café on the Canal, 340 W. Michigan St., on Monday, August 6 are recommended to receive the Hepatitis A vaccine.

The Fresco Italian Café has maintained appropriate food service standards and, after additional inspection by the Marion County Public Health Department, has cooperated with recommendations and will continue to maintain these standards.

Hepatitis A vaccine given within two weeks of exposure to the virus can prevent the disease. The Marion County Public Health Department is offering this vaccine free of charge at its district health offices to those who visited the restaurant and ate food or drank beverages on August 6. These individuals are within the window for receiving the benefits of a vaccine though Monday, August 20.

A list of district health offices is available at MarionHealth.org. The Marion County Public Health Department will also offer the Hepatitis A vaccine on Saturday from 1-4pm on a walk-in basis at its Meadows Clinic, 3901 Meadows Drive.

Currently, Indiana and some surrounding states are experiencing higher than normal cases of Hepatitis A. This action is being issued out of an abundance of caution for the public’s health. Management of the restaurant supports the health department’s plan to make a public notification to ensure the health and safety of its customers, which remains a priority for all involved.

Hepatitis A is caused by a virus that inflames the liver is spread via fecal-oral transmission.

Signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)Not all infected persons will exhibit all of these symptoms, and some – especially children – may have no symptoms at all. However, all infected persons can transmit the disease to others.

The Marion County Health Department encourages all individuals to watch for signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A and contact their health care provider immediately if any symptoms are present.

Marion County Public Health Department Director Virginia A. Caine, M.D., wants to emphasize that proper hand washing remains the best way to prevent hepatitis A. Thorough hand washing after using the bathroom and before eating or preparing food can help decrease the risk of contracting the virus.

Anyone with questions about their risk of possible exposure should call the Marion County Public Health Department at (317) 221-2012.

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Media Contact:
Curt Brantingham 
Media/Public Information Coordinator 
317-221-2316 (o) │ 317-525-7450 (c)

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