According to reports in the Salyersville Independent, a fast food worker at the Wendy’s restaurant in Salyersville was diagnosed with Hepatitis A earlier this month.
The paper reported that Magoffin Co has not seen many confirmed cases compared to the rest of the state, but they said this recent case was the first related to food services in the county.
Salyersville Mayor and Magoffin Co Health Department Director James “Pete” Shepherd said the Salyersville Wendy’s employee was contagious for the first two weeks in October, diagnosed on October 15 and was put off of work for two weeks.
He said the Wendy’s restaurant has been inspected the business has followed all procedures and he said the chances of anyone catching Hepatitis A from them are probably less than 1 percent.
Shepard said that Wendy’s has assured him that all of their employees are also receiving the vaccination.
The Magoffin Co Health Department is now offering the Hepatitis A vaccine (which comes in two rounds).
While it is covered by most insurances, including Medicaid, uninsured people can get the shots by only paying the health department’s cost for the vaccine.
Each shot costs $40, so it would be $80 for both rounds of the vaccine.
Hepatitis A virus can spread by eating food handled by someone with the virus who did not properly wash his or her hands, drinking contaminated water, being in close contact with an infected person and by having sexual contact with someone with the virus.