Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thousands of Olive Garden diners could have been exposed to Hepatitis A virus, North Carolina - 11th Aug 2011

Thousands of diners may have been exposed to hepatitis A after eating at an Olive Garden branch as a waiter infected with the disease served food.

Health officials in Cumberland County, North Carolina, have already vaccinated 500 people who were in danger of contracting the infectious liver disease after eating in the Fayetteville branch of the Italian-style chain.

They are urging to anyone who ate at the restaurant on the days the employee worked to get immunised - meaning thousands should get medical help.

Hepatitis A is transmitted person-to-person by ingestion of contaminated food and water, or through direct contact with an infectious person.

On Monday, a food server at the Italian-style restaurant tested positive for the virus and alerted Olive Garden management.

County health officials say diners or employees who ate at the restaurant in the last two weeks may have been exposed to the disease.

The local department is offering a walk-in clinic where those who may have been exposed can get the hepatitis A vaccine. Read More