ROCKPORT, Mass. – State health officials warn the public eating at Rockport for possible exposure to hepatitis A.
Anyone who eats cold or unprocessed food or who are not sure what they are eating in Roy Moore's Fishing Hat in Rockport between April 21 and May 12 should seek medical attention because of possible exposure to hepatitis A, the State Department of Public Health said. ,
A restaurant worker who worked on these dates has a confirmed case of hepatitis A.
Customers are advised to receive appropriate medical treatment for eventual exposure to hepatitis A. The hepatitis A vaccine and immune globulin A may be effective in preventing hepatitis A infection if administered within two weeks of exposure.
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Confused clients appeared in the popular restaurant on Friday to find a closed sign on the door.
"Now I'm worried that I will have to look at it," said Kenneth Robinson of Rockport.
Robinson and others shared their concerns.
"Now I'll get the doctor to look at it for me. Yes, worry me, "Robinson said.
Cold or raw foods include salads and salads, rolls, bread, hamburgers and bread rolls, fruit or vegetable trimmings, cold desserts, hamburger or sandwich spices such as pickles and onions, chips, and ice or drinks containing ice.
Early signs and symptoms of hepatitis A include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and jaundice (dark urine, yellow skin or white eyes).
The disease varies in severity, with mild cases lasting two weeks or less and more severe cases lasting from four to six weeks or longer. Some individuals, especially children, may not develop jaundice and have an illness so slight that it remains unnoticed. But even light-weight people can still be highly contagious.
People with a disease suggestive of hepatitis should seek medical attention even if the symptoms are mild, state health officials said.
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Jim Gustasht of Rockport is among the clients who say closure comes at a bad time before Memorial Day weekends. Boston 25 came to Roy Moore's fish shed to find out when he could open again, but he could not get an answer.
– Unfortunately. I do not know much about it, but it has always been a good place to eat, "said Gustash.
"It's always been a well-known locality, you know." Food is great here and good people. Yes, I'm surprised, "he said.
The hepatitis A virus spreads as a result of faecal contamination through the fecal to the oral route and can spread from person to person through close contact or food use. The virus can spread through contaminated food and beverages.
People who eat cold or raw food from Roy Moore's fish shack between April 21 and May 12 are called to wash their hands well with soap and water after using the bathroom and before preparing food to prevent potential further spreading of the disease.
For more information, call the Massachusetts Public Health Department at 617-983-6800.
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