Health Department

Loudoun County health officials say an employee at Señor Ramon restaurant at 22455 Davis Dr. in Sterling has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. As a result, anyone who ate at the restaurant from July 10 through July 26 may have been exposed to the virus.

Management at Señor Ramon notified the Loudoun County Health Department about the situation and has been complying with all requests, according to county officials, who added that there is no indication of any food products at Señor Ramon being the source of infection. Additionally, there is no indication that patrons at other locations were affected.

Anyone who has not been vaccinated for hepatitis A, nor had the disease in the past, is susceptible to infection.

Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus. The classic symptom is jaundice, which is a yellowing of the skin or eyes. Other symptoms of hepatitis A include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine and light-colored stools. Symptoms develop 15 to 50 days after exposure to the virus, which can occur through direct contact with another person who has the infection or by consuming food or drink that has been contaminated with the virus. People are at increased risk of acquiring hepatitis A when they have been in close and continuous contact with an infected individual, particularly in a household or day care setting, according to health officials.

While vaccination is not considered helpful more than 14 days after exposure, county officials say it is still important to contact your medical provider to be evaluated if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, even after two weeks have elapsed. Anyone with symptoms of hepatitis A is urged to stay home from work, especially if they work in food service, health care or childcare.

Frequent handwashing with soap and warm water after using the bathroom, changing a diaper or before preparing food can help prevent the spread of hepatitis A.

Routine vaccination against hepatitis A has reduced the risk of this disease in the past decade.

More information can be found at vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/epidemiology-fact-sheets/hepatitis-a/.

(9) comments

tolerantleft

Diseases that are endemic to other countries are not always the same ones that we face in the United States. This is a medical observation, not a political one


amerigirl

It is very common. It can be passed person to person and from shellfish.


LetFreedomRing

LoudounSucks, CindyLou — Maybe I missed it but I don’t see anything in the article about the employees nationality or ethnicity. To bring race into this issue is very odd and dare I say, racist on your part. If there was a point you were both trying to make, I think your comments only revealed your own biases and prejudices.







Best wishes to the sick employee and hopefully it was contained quick enough to prevent further infections.


LoudounSucks

Sarcasm, LFR. Hang around the comments section on LTM, and you'll see illegal immigrants blamed for everything from traffic to indigestion around here. For my part, I think everyone here is illegal unless you speak any of the indigenous American languages.


CindyLou

LoudounSucks…..HA! yep wait for it! All I know is that Hep "A" is most often spread by people who don't wash their hands after using the bathroom!!! There is also an immunization against this disease. They offer the vaccine at most Safeway's and CVS Pharmacies and Walgreens. It's a shame people don't get vaccinated and wash their hands!!!!


LoudounSucks

Cue illegal immigrants being blamed in the comment section in 3... 2... 1...


David Dickinson

Unvaccinated illegal aliens are a key problem with illegal migration.


LoudounSucks

Ding ding ding! The first one chimes in, ladies and germs!


amerigirl

The biggest outbreak we have had recently was measles which came from an unvaccinated child contracted the virus in Israel. An international traveler brought measles to Rockland County, New York, in September 2018. The reason it became an epidemic, according to the CDC is that it spread in U.S. communities that have unvaccinated people and that they recently said that the outbreaks have been triggered by unvaccinated US residents who have traveled to Philippines (14 cases), Ukraine (8), Israel (5), Thailand (3), Vietnam (2), Germany (2), Algeria, France, India, Lithuania, Russia, and the United Kingdom (1 case from each country).


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