Maine CDC Health Advisory
May 17, 2019
Acute Hepatitis A Case in a Food Service Worker in Caribou, Maine
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) identified a case of acute hepatitis A virus infection in a Caribou, Maine food service worker. The case prepped food while infectious from April 24, 2019 thru May 13, 2019. A public health assessment of the employee's illness determined that restaurant patrons may be at risk for hepatitis A infection.
Maine CDC recommends the hepatitis A vaccine as post-exposure prophylaxis to anyone who ate or worked at Burger Boy Restaurant in Caribou, Maine from May 3, 2019 thru May 13, 2019. Exposed persons can receive post-exposure prophylaxis up to 14 days from exposure, after which the treatment is no longer effective. Anyone who visited the restaurant from April 24, 2019 thru May 2, 2019, is outside the window for which prophylaxis is recommended, but they should watch for symptoms and seek medical attention should they develop symptoms.
Health care providers are encouraged to remain vigilant for hepatitis A infection in persons with consistent symptoms. All cases of hepatitis are reportable in Maine. Providers with suspected cases should report them to Maine CDC at 1-800-821-5821.