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Bladen Health Dept. has Hepatitis A immunizations

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WECT) - Authorities in Cumberland County are warning of a possible Hepatitis A exposure at the Olive Garden at 234 North McPherson Church Road in Fayetteville anytime on July 25, 26, 28, 29, 31 and August 1, 2 and 8 for those who worked or visited there.

The exposure came from a restaurant employee.

Cumberland County is offering immunizations at the Public Health Department on Ramsey Street starting today at 9am.  It will last until further notice daily from 8am to 5pm.

Bladen County is also offering immunizations at the Public Health Department.  Director Wayne Stewart said you should call, (910) 862-6214 before going to the office.

Both immune globulin and Hepatitis A vaccine can help someone exposed within fourteen days of the exposure. 

The vaccine is recommended for those between 12 months and 40 years old.  The immune globulin is recommended for those over 40, under 12 months or immune-compromised persons who have chronic liver disease or may suffer an adverse reaction to a vaccine.

They say it's possible someone may have been exposed prior to July 25 as well.

Early signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A start two to six week after the exposure.   They include mild fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, pain in the upper right side of the abdomen, dark urine, light color stools and jaundice.  The disease can last less than two weeks or longer than six weeks.

Stewart said Hepatitis A is caused by not washing hands when needed, especially after a bathroom visit.

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