Customers who’ve eaten at Social Kitchen & Bar in the past month are being warned that they may have been exposed to Hepatitis A, a viral liver disease. The Detroit News reports that a restaurant worker at the Birmingham eatery has been diagnosed with the virus. Health officials are recommending that customers who dined at the restaurant between July 16 and August 6 monitor their symptoms to make sure they haven’t contracted the infection.
The Oakland County Health Division is currently reaching out to employees and recommending preventative treatments including vaccines, thoroughly cooking food, and washing hands frequently.
According to the World Health Organization, Hepatitis A is transmitted through contaminated food and water and through direct contact with an infected person. Symptoms, which can last for several months, include fever, malaise, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, nausea, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, and yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes. The incubation period ranges from 14 to 50 days Most people who are infected make a full recovery and develop an immunity to the virus. Individuals who suspect they may have developed symptoms should stay home and contact their doctor.
Reached by Eater, Social Kitchen’s operator Peas & Carrots Hospitality released the following statement:
The safety of our patrons and employees is always our highest priority. An employee at Social Kitchen and Bar was diagnosed with Hepatitis A on August 6. Immediately upon learning of the diagnosis, we contacted the Health Department. Fortunately, no one else has reported any illness. On August 8, the Health Department inspected the restaurant and authorized us to remain open. The restaurant is 100% compliant with Health Department regulations and will continue to maintain the highest food safety standards.
• Hepatitis A Diagnosed in Birmingham Restaurant Employee [Detroit News]
• Hepatitis A Fact Sheet [WHO]