GREENE COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – A case of Hepatitis A at the Linton restaurant has been confirmed.
The Greene County Health Department investigated the incident at the Papa John’s located at 1810 E. State Road 54 in Linton, and determined the risk of infection is very low.
Papa John’s issued a statement saying the franchise is working closely with the Greene County Health Department “regarding a low risk exposure that only applies to customers who ordered from the establishment after 3 p.m. on Sept. 30.”
According to the statement, there have been no confirmed cases of hepatitis A being transferred from a food service worker to a restaurant customer in the Indiana outbreak.
“Our franchisee’s employee did not contract the illness from the restaurant and did not violate any Food Code or hygiene regulations,” Papa John’s said.
All employees at the restaurant are being vaccinated.
Indiana is one of several states experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak, so all residents are urged to consult their healthcare providers and pharmacies for a hepatitis A vaccine as preventive care.
As of Oct. 4, the state health department has confirmed 13 outbreak-related cases of hepatitis A in Greene County since November 2017, and 2,140 outbreak-related cases in Indiana, which typically sees about 20 cases in a 12-month period. None of the outbreak cases has been caused by an infected food worker, according to the Greene County Health Department.
Papa John’s has set-up a dedicated toll-free phone line for customers with questions at (844) 944-2444.