Hep A Warning for Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia

by Medindia Content Team on  February 1, 2008 at 10:40 AM Environmental Health   - G J E 4
Hep A Warning for Sun Peaks Resort in British Columbia
The CBC News on Wednesday morning warned the public of Hep A infection in British Columbia's Sun Peaks Resort. The medical health officer for the Thompson-Cariboo-Shuswap has confirmed the report.

The Interior Health Authority cautioned the people who ate at the Sun Peaks ski resort, near Kamloops, of a potential Hepatitis A infection..This warning holds good for those who partook of meals  at the resort  between Jan. 7 and 24.

A food supervisor at Masa's Bar and Grill contracted the virus after traveling outside of the country. As a result, "The Interior Health ministry" is urging all those  who ate at Masa's after 3 p.m. on Jan. 16, 18, 20, 23 or 24 to get vaccinated.

The Diners who ate at the restaurant after 3 pm on Jan. 7, 8, 11, 12 and 13 will not benefit from immunization 

said the Interior Health authority. The diners are hence requested by the Interior Health to be alert to the symptoms of hepatitis A and consult their family physicians if they experience the symptoms.They are also requested to abstain from serving food for others.

Hepatitis A is  a viral illness that affects the liver. Symptoms may include nausea, fever, dark urine and yellowing of the skin and eyes which  may develop 15 to 50 days after exposure. The Interior health said that the illness can last for several weeks, and people can be completely cured by treatment.

Staff of Sun Peaks are being immunized. Meanwhile Sun Peaks authorities were attempting to contact people, who stayed at the resort during that specified period, to be immunized. Those who drank only water or other beverages or ate after the mentioned dates were not considered to be at risk, according to the health authority.

The Interior Health Authority will also be holding free drop-in immunization clinics.

No case of hepatitis A is reported till date among the workers of Masa's Bar & Grill and it continues to operate in full swing.

Source: Medindia

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