ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) says the total number of people infected with hepatitis A following potential exposures at three Famous Anthony’s locations in Roanoke has increased to 14.

Dr. Cynthia Morrow with the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts shared the new information about the hepatitis A exposure situation during a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Health officials first reported the outbreak on Friday, Sept. 24. The VDH says that a person who worked at three different Famous Anthony’s locations tested positive for the highly contagious infection.

The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts say that anyone who visited any of the following Famous Anthony’s locations between Aug. 10 and Aug. 26 could have been exposed:

  • 4913 Grandin Road
  • 6499 Williamson Road
  • 2221 Crystal Spring Avenue

Dr. Morrow announced on Tuesday that four more cases of the virus associated with Famous Anthony’s restaurant chain have been reported. At least three of the people have been hospitalized.

According to the VDH, if you have been exposed and are not vaccinated against hepatitis A, you should monitor yourself for the symptoms listed below:

  • jaundice: yellowing of the skin or the eyes,
  • fever, 
  • fatigue, 
  • loss of appetite, 
  • nausea, 
  • vomiting, 
  • abdominal pain, 
  • dark urine, or
  • light-colored stools.

Symptoms can develop between 15 to 50 days following exposure. If you develop any of these systems seek medical care or let your healthcare provider know about your possible exposure.

Dr. Morrow told WFXR News that there is no issue with eating at the restaurants after Aug. 26. She says the leadership at Famous Anthony’s has been very cooperative in dealing with the outbreak.

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