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May 10, 2019

Hepatitis A Exposure Alert – Information

Hepatitis A Exposure Alert – Information

An alert from Dr. Sandra Kesh, Deputy Medical Director, Director of Population Health

We have received notification that customers who visited the Winston Restaurant at 130 East Main Street in Mount Kisco from April 17 – May 3, 2019 may have been exposed to hepatitis A through an infected employee. The Westchester County Health Department is recommending that customers who ate or drank at this restaurant during these dates should obtain post exposure treatment within two weeks of the date they dined at this establishment.

Westmed patients may call their primary care provider’s office to coordinate same-day vaccination, given the urgency of timing to prevent infection. Additionally, the Westchester County Department of Health will provide free preventative treatment at the Health Department Clinic, 134 Court Street, White Plains. To register, go to www.health.ny.gov/gotoclinic/60 or call (914) 995-7499.

Additional Information Below:

Who is at risk for exposure?

  • People who ate or drank at Winston Restaurant at 130 East Main Street in Mount Kisco from April 17 – May 3, 2019.

What do I need to do if I went to this restaurant during this period?

  • If you have never been vaccinated for hepatitis A, you will need to receive a dose of the vaccine. The vaccine is only effective if given within 14 days of exposure.
  • Call your primary care doctor to determine whether you need to receive this vaccine.

What if I was vaccinated for hepatitis A in the past? Do I need to be tested for immunity or receive another dose of the vaccine?

  • No. If you received the vaccine in the past, there is nothing further to worry about. You are immune.

I’m not sure if I was vaccinated in the past. Do I need to be tested first, or should I just receive the vaccine?

      • Time is an important factor here: anyone who is exposed (and not immune) will need to be vaccinated within 2 weeks of exposure. If you’re not sure, the safer thing to do is get vaccinated!

What are the symptoms of hepatitis A infection? What should I do if I think I may be infected?

      • Hepatitis A is generally a mild illness whose symptoms include fatigue, fever, poor appetite, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Infected individuals also sometimes experience dark urine, light colored stool and jaundice, which is the yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes.
      • Symptoms commonly appear within 4 weeks of exposure.
      • There is no medication to treat hepatitis A infection, and most people recover within a few weeks without any complication. Hepatitis A can mimic many other benign infections, like other types of viral gastroenteritis. If you think you may be infected, call your primary care doctor immediately.

How is hepatitis A spread?

      • Hepatitis A is transmitted by consuming food or drinks that have been handled by an infected person. It may also be spread from person to person by ingesting something that has been contaminated with the stool of a person with hepatitis A.
      • Casual contact, such as sitting together, does not spread the virus.

Do I need to receive immune globulin for the exposure? Where can I go for this?

  • Only certain individuals should receive immune globulin (IG): people who are immune compromised, have chronic liver disease, and infants (age <12months). IG may be preferred in persons over the age of 40, but vaccine is acceptable when IG is not available. Your doctor should decide whether you need IG or not.

Where can I get more information?

https://health.westchestergov.com/alerts-2

We encourage you to immediately contact your provider if you are experiencing possible symptoms of hepatitis A. If you fear your child or family member was exposed to hepatitis A during the April 17- May 3 time frame, please contact your Westmed provider to review appropriate next steps and a treatment plan.

Your Westmed team is here to support you during this period of concern.