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Mecklenburg offers hepatitis A vaccine to restaurant patrons

Vaccines to protect against hepatitis A vaccine are being offered this week at the Mecklenburg County Health Department’s Billingsley Road office for patrons of Dogwood Southern Table and Bar.
Vaccines to protect against hepatitis A vaccine are being offered this week at the Mecklenburg County Health Department’s Billingsley Road office for patrons of Dogwood Southern Table and Bar. AP

After confirming a case of hepatitis A in a Charlotte restaurant worker last weekend, the Mecklenburg County Health Department is offering vaccine clinics for patrons who visited the Dogwood Southern Table and Bar during dinner hours Feb. 4-10.

The employee who developed the hepatitis A infection did not prepare food, but was responsible for cleaning silverware and glasses and delivering food to tables. The employee did not work at the restaurant after Feb. 10, so there is no risk to patrons who ate there after that date.

Health officials encouraged people who visited the restaurant on Feb. 4 and5 to get vaccinated against hepatitis A at a clinic Feb. 18 at the health department’s 249 Billingsley Road location.

Immunizations will be offered from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 19 and 20 for those who ate at the restaurant Feb. 7-10.

Hepatitis A vaccine can be given up to two weeks after a potential exposure to help prevent possible infection. The restaurant, at 4905 Ashley Park Lane, is open for business and is not considered a public health threat.

If you have questions, call 980-314-0950.

Garloch: 704-358-5078

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