Missouri Red Robin employee may have exposed customers to hepatitis A

By Elizabeth Learned ,

Customers who went to a Red Robin restaurant in Springfield, Missouri may want to get vaccinated as they may have been exposed to hepatitis A.

According to Springfield News-Leader, health officials in Springfield-Greene County put up immunization clinics for anyone who ate at the restaurant between May 8 and May 16.

A statement by Kevin Gipson, who is the director of the county’s health department, said in order to make sure a vaccine for hepatitis A was made available to residents of Springfield, they were working with the state and federal government.

News of the employee with hepatitis A was first reported on Tuesday.

According to KY3, Gipson spoke at a news conference on Wednesday, telling reporters that managers at the restaurant were being cooperative and that all other employees were vaccinated as well. He also advised people to wait until Thursday when the vaccine arrives to get vaccinated.

The symptoms that may come with Hepatitis A include a fever and nausea.

Springfield News-Leader also reported officials as saying individuals need to be vaccinated within 14 days of exposure in order for the vaccine to work.

The individual who became sick reported his illness and Red Robin took the steps necessary to contact the county’s health department. The restaurant has since been deemed safe.

A statement by Red Robin was sent to Springfield News-Leader saying, “Upon being informed of the incident, the Springfield Red Robin took all safety measures to ensure the well-being of our guests and team members including arranging the inoculation of all Springfield team members with the immune globulin prophylaxis shot.”



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