Health & Family

Restaurant worker tests positive for hepatitis

A Charlotte restaurant worker tested positive for the hepatitis A virus over the weekend.

Mecklenburg public health authorities say an employee of Dogwood Southern Table and Bar contracted the virus, which can be spread through contact. The restaurant is located at 4905 Ashley Park Lane in Charlotte.

Officials say the worker did not handle food but was responsible for cleaning and polishing silverware and drinkware and delivering food to tables.

Anyone who visited the restaurant while the worker was on duty may be at risk for developing hepatitis A if they have not been vaccinated.

If you were at the restaurant during the following times, you may be at risk.

• Tuesday, Feb. 3 dinner service. Last day to immunize is Thursday, Feb. 17

• Wednesday, Feb. 4 dinner service. Last day to immunize is Wednesday, Feb. 18

The Mecklenburg County Health Department has a walk-in clinic for the vaccination at the Health Department, 249 Billingsley Road, Charlotte Monday, Feb. 16 from noon to 3 p.m.

According to the health department, not everyone with hepatitis A will have symptoms. If symptoms develop, they usually appear two to six weeks after becoming infected and can include:

-- Fever

-- Fatigue

-- Loss of appetite

-- Nausea

-- Vomiting

-- Abdominal pain

-- Gray-colored stools

-- Dark urine

-- Joint pain

-- Jaundice

Symptoms are more likely to occur in adults than in children. They usually last less than 2 months, although some people can be ill for as long as six months.

If you think you were exposed and have questions, please contact the Mecklenburg County Health Department at 980-314-0950.