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Hepatitis A Case In Lethbridge Confirmed, Alert Issued After Food Handler Diagnosed With Infection

12/03/2013 06:28 EST | Updated 02/02/2014 05:59 EST
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LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - Alberta Health Services has issued an alert after a food handler at a Lethbridge restaurant and bar was diagnosed with hepatitis A.

Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver that can cause nausea, vomiting, pain, fever and the yellowing of eyes and skin.

The agency is warning people who ate or drank at the Pasta Fresco or Black Tomato Lounge late last month or on Nov. 6 to watch for these symptoms.

Alberta Health Services says these businesses do not pose any risk of infection now.

People who get the infection usually get sick within 15 to 50 days after exposure to the virus.

There is no specific treatment for hepatitis A, which can be spread if people don't wash their hands after using the washroom.

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