CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Clermont County Public Health officials say a Milford IHOP employee has tested positive for hepatitis A.
The restaurant in located at 5699 Romar Drive in Miami Township.
Health officials said the risk to patrons is extremely low, but as a precaution, is asking anyone who has eaten at IHOP from Dec. 25 to Dec. 31 to monitor for symptoms of the virus for up to 50 days.
I HOP released the following statement:
“The health and safety of team members and guests are of the utmost importance to IHOP and our franchisees. Upon learning one of their team members at the Milford, OH location was affected, the franchisee, in collaboration with the Clermont County Public Health, encouraged all team members to get vaccinated immediately and the restaurant was cleaned and sanitized. We thank the Clermont County Public Health for their partnership to safeguard the health of the community.”
A vaccine can protect you from getting sick if received within two weeks of contact with the virus.
Symptoms of hepatitis A include:
- Low appetite
- Stomach pain
- Clay-colored stools
- Jaundice (yellowish color to the skin and eyes)
“The restaurant management has been very cooperative and we are working with them to review safe food handling techniques,” Assistant Health Commissioner Tim Kelly said in a news release. “Though it is possible to spread hepatitis A through contaminated food, the risk is extremely low. The majority of cases we are seeing during this outbreak are from other risk factors.”
The Ohio Department of Health declared a statewide outbreak of hepatitis A in June. So far, there have been 1,370 cases statewide and 42 cases in Clermont County that are linked to this outbreak.