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Hepatitis A case at park investigated

Posted on July 2, 2014 by Maple Creek

People who ate at the Mainstay Inn Motel and Restaurant at Palliser Regional Park between June 1 and 22 may have been exposed to hepatitis A, according to Cypress Health Region.

Cypress and Five Hills health regions continue to investigate a case of Hepatitis A in an individual who was at the motel and restaurant during that time frame. Anyone who was there during that same window has a risk of exposure, the health regions said.

Since the weekend, public health officials have been fielding calls from people who were at the establishment during the time in question and have been providing vaccine to affected individuals when appropriate. But the health regions are still urging anyone who consumed food or beverages between June 1 and 22 to call 1-888-425-1111 to speak with a public health professional.

Priority is being placed on those who consumed food or beverages between June 18 and 22 as vaccine may be recommended to those individuals. Vaccine will only be recommended to individuals within a two-week time frame of contact.

“The restaurant was inspected on June 28 and it does not pose any risk to the public at this time,” Dr. Mark Vooght of the Five Hills Health Region stated in a press release. “However, any individuals who visited the location during the June 1 to 22 window are urged to contact public health for assessment. While the risk to these individuals is low, it is not zero so we want to be able to follow up with these people.”

Hepatitis A is caused by a virus that infects the liver. Symptoms of infection include fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, jaundice, dark coloured urine and light coloured stool. Young children may not develop any symptoms.

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