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HEPATITIS A ALERT

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HEPATITIS A ALERT

Key points for General  Practitioners:

  1. A food handler working at The Star Casino complex in Pyrmont has been notified with hepatitis A
  2. A community alert has been issued, advising patrons that the risk is low
  3. Some patrons may present for vaccine, with symptoms of hepatitis A, or for advice
  4. If you suspect acute viral hepatitis, contact your local public health unit on 1300 066 055

Background

  • A food handler who worked at Sokyo restaurant at The Star Casino complex has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.
  • The risk to patrons is low. Those at some risk are those that ate dinner on certain dates between 20 September to 8 October 2017.
  • Unrelated to this incident, since late July 2017, there have been 28 cases of locally-acquired hepatitis A in NSW. Of these, 13 are in men who have sex with men (MSM). Epidemiological analysis suggests the infection is being spread from person to person through sexual contact locally.

Read full NSW GP alert – Hepatitis A from NSW Health

Read NSW Health Media Release

For further information, please visit: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/hepatitisA/Pages/default.aspx

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