ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) released new information regarding a potential hepatitis A exposure at a Roanoke restaurant.
According to the report, an employee at Luigi’s Restaurant who was recently diagnosed with hepatitis A may have had limited contact with food before it was cooked.
The VDH stated that cooking food does kill the virus, “therefore this situation does not meet the criteria of an exposure.”
For anyone who ate at Luigi’s between April 26 and May 17, the Roanoke City Health Department says it will offer hepatitis A vaccines at its facility, which is located on the second floor at 1502 Williamson Road. The following times are available this week:
- Thursday, May 19: 3 to 6 p.m.
- Friday, May 20: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.
According to the VDH, the virus can cause inflammation of the liver. If you have been exposed to hepatitis A — through an infected person or by consuming food or drink — it can take between 15 and 50 days for symptoms to develop.
Health officials say it is best to wash your hands with soap and warm water after using a bathroom, after changing a diaper, or before preparing food because it can help stop the spread of the virus.
In addition, experts say there are routine vaccinations that can help reduce the risk of hepatitis A.
For more information on hepatitis A, check out the VDH’s website.