Surveillance System Identifies Case of Hepatitis A
On January 24, the Health Department was notified of a confirmed case of Hepatitis A in a restaurant employee of The Cheesecake Factory in Providence and the Texas Roadhouse in Cranston. In order to ensure the safety of other employees, the Department of Health, in consulting with the CDC, decided to dispense preventive immune globulin (antibody) shots to the employee's co-workers over the next few days to prevent any of them from contracting the illness. Because the worker was not a food handler, there is no need for preventive measures for the public or people who dined at the restaurants. However, the Department wants the public to know what it is doing to respond to the incident. The worker is currently receiving medical treatment and is recovering. Both The Cheesecake Factory and Texas Roadhouse are cooperating fully with the Health Department in facilitating the shots for employees and continuing to monitor for and ensure safe food handling practices. Both establishments are safe and open for business.
Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by a virus. Hepatitis A is uncommon in Rhode Island,