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Taco Bell confirms case of hepatitis A at Ohio location

Taco Bell Corp. confirmed an employee in Ohio has tested positive for hepatitis A.

WKBN 27 First News confirmed an employee in Warren, Ohio, tested positive for hepatitis A.

“As soon as the operator of this Warren, Ohio location learned that a team member tested positive for the hepatitis A virus, the franchisee began working immediately with Taco Bell and local health officials. All team members currently working at this restaurant have been offered vaccinations, and the restaurant was thoroughly sanitized,” the company told the news organization.

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In August, an employee at a Taco Bell in Miami Twp. was diagnosed with hepatitis A.

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The Ohio Department of Health declared a statewide outbreak of hepatitis A in June.

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Although rare, hepatitis A can cause death in some people.

Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person, according to the CDC.

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