Health officials investigate case of hepatitis A at Sullivan McDonald’s


SULLIVAN, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Following an investigation by Sullivan County health officials, a case of hepatitis A has been confirmed at a McDonald’s on SR 154 in Sullivan. According to a press release from the Sullivan County Health Department, the risk of infection is low for patrons.

The press release states “Although additional cases are unlikely to occur, the food establishment is working with us to prevent any new cases from arising in the community as a result of this case. There have been no other suspected cases arising from this case at this time”.

Matthew Comte, owner and operator of the Sullivan County McDonald’s, sent the following statement: “We were informed by the Sullivan County Health Department that one of our employees has become ill; however, they’ve deemed the transmission risk to guests and employees who’ve visited our restaurant to be very low.”

Comte went on to say that “we are fully cooperating with local health officials to investigate this matter”.

According to the SCHD press release the Indiana Department of Health “has confirmed 1500 outbreak-related cases in Indiana, which typically sees about 20 cases in a 12-month period” as of May 31.

None of the outbreak cases has been caused by an infected food worker.

The McDonald’s location is open for business at this time after closing temporarily for a deep clean. 

Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of hepatitis A should contact a healthcare provider. Symptoms include fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and jaundice, among others. Hepatitis A can be confirmed through a blood test. 

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