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AHS issues a hepatitis A warning for three locations in Nanton

Health Services in Alberta.

Ian Kucerak / Postmedia

Alberta's health services issue a public warning after a person with hepatitis A has helped prepare food in three places in Nanton.

AHS reported on Friday that it has confirmed a case of hepatitis A in an individual who was infectious when helping to prepare food on January 11 and January 18 at the Auditorium Hotel and January 17 at JT Foster School.

Anyone who eats food at the hotel on Jan. 11 and 18 is asked to call Health Link because they may have been exposed to hepatitis A. If necessary, callers will be given information about immunization clinics. The AHS states that immunization provided within 14 days of exposure can often prevent the onset of a disease.

Anyone who eats a banoc prepared by the open club at JT Foster School on January 17 may also have been exposed. AHS said it contacted these people through the school and organized immunizations.

The disease may occur between 15 and 50 days after exposure, AHS says. Anyone who thinks he may have been exposed is asked to monitor the symptoms.

Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by a virus. Symptoms may include: fatigue; weak appetite; nausea and vomiting; abdominal pain and fever; and yellowing of the eyes and skin.

"While we believe the risk to society is low, hepatitis A is a serious infection," says Dr. Jia Hu, health officer for AHS Calgary Zone.

"As a precaution, everyone who consumes food at the Auditorium Hotel on January 11 and 18 or JT banknotes On January 17, the foster school is recommended to watch for themselves and their family for symptoms for 50 days after their last exposure.

Anyone who develops symptoms from now until March must contact Health Link.

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