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Travel advisory from Sun Country Regional Health Authority

Dr. Shauna Hudson, the Medical Health Officer for Sun Country Regional Health Authority, advises that a restaurant worker in Lloydminster tested positive in the last week of November for Hepatitis A.

Dr. Hudson says "the risk of transmission of this virus from the worker to patrons of the restaurant is small."

"However to minimize the risk, Hepatitis A vaccination will be offered to persons who ate there within that specific time frame, to prevent them from developing hepatitis A" she said.

People who ate at the KC Steakhouse restaurant in Lloydminster between November 20 - 28 should call the Regional Director of Public Health, Grant Paulson at 842-8263.

Dr. Hudson is advising members of the public in Southeastern Saskatchewan because of the frequency of travel between this area and Alberta.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection which affects the liver and causes fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea and abdominal discomfort followed by yellow jaundice a few days later.

Most people recover completely without complications. This type of hepatitis does not cause long term infection.

Members of the public with questions about the Hepatitis A virus should call the HealthLine at 1-877-800-0002 or for free, 24-hour information.
People who have been vaccinated with two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine for travel or other reasons, or who had Hepatitis A illness in the past, are immune to this infection and do not need any further hepatitis A vaccine.

Hepatitis A virus is shed in the feces of an infected person and is spread from person to person by direct contact with an infected person or indirectly by eating or drinking food or liquids contaminated with the virus.

Handwashing particularly after using the bathroom and before preparing food minimizes the risk of spread.

Media Inquiries: For more information, please call Dr. Shauna Hudson, Medical Health Officer, Sun Country Regional Health Authority.

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