Daviess Co. Health Officials Recommend Hepatitis A Vaccination for Individuals Who Ate Food At The New White Steamer

Daviess County health officials have diagnosed a case of hepatitis A in an employee who handled food at The New White Steamer, 21 East Main Street, Washington, IN 47501, Tuesday, May 12 through Friday, May 15.

While it is relatively rare for restaurant patrons to become infected with hepatitis A virus due to an infected food handler, anyone who consumed food or drink at The New White Steamer in Washington, IN, during these dates is recommended to receive a hepatitis A vaccination within 14 days of exposure as further protection from becoming ill.

The New White Steamer is working closely with health officials to prevent any new cases from arising as a result of this case.

A thorough disinfection of the restaurant has been conducted, and the restaurant is open for business.

A free vaccination clinic is scheduled at The National Guard Armory, 500 NE 6th Street, Washington, IN 47501 for those with potential exposure to hepatitis A from 5/12/20 to 5/15/20.

CLINIC: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, at the National Guard Armory, 500 NE 6th Street, Washington, Indiana 47501.

FACE COVERINGS WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY INTO THE CLINIC, and YOU MUST STAY IN YOUR CAR UPON ARRIVAL.

Someone will come to you with the proper paperwork.

Those who can’t attend the vaccination clinic during the scheduled time should contact their personal healthcare provider or contact the Daviess County Health Department for an appointment at (812) 254-8666 before May 29. Vaccine must be administered within two weeks after the last day of exposure.

Anyone who consumed food and/or drink at The New White Steamer on Wednesday, April 1, through Friday, May 15, are also asked to:

Monitor their health for symptoms of hepatitis A infection up to 50 days after exposure.

 Wash their hands with soap and warm water frequently and thoroughly, especially after using the bathroom and before preparing food.
 Stay at home and contact their healthcare provider immediately if symptoms of hepatitis A infection develop.
Careful handwashing, including under the fingernails, with soap and water, along with vaccination of anyone at risk of infection, will help prevent the spread of this disease.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that can cause loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, fever, stomach pain, brown colored urine and light-colored stools.

Yellowing of the skin or eyes may also appear.

People can become ill up to seven weeks after being exposed to the virus.

Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person.

The virus spreads when an infected person does not wash his/her hands adequately after using the toilet or engages in behaviors that increase risk of infection.