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Indy Diners May Have Been Exposed to Hepatitis A

The Marion Co. Public Health Department said people who ate at a certain Italian restaurant should get the Hepatitis A vaccine.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Diners at an Italian restaurant in Indianapolis may have been exposed to Hepatitis A.

Anyone who ate at Fresco Italian Cafe on the Canal (340 W. Michigan St.) on Monday, Aug. 6 should get the Hepatitis A vaccine, the Marion Co. Public Health Department said Friday.

Hepatitis A vaccine given within two weeks of exposure to the virus can prevent the disease. The last 

The health department is offering the Hep A vaccine free of charge at its district health offices to anyone who ate at Fresco Italian Café on August 6. 

However, the vaccine must be received by Monday, Aug. 20 to be effective.

The health department said Fresco Italian Café "has maintained appropriate food service standards" and is following all recommendations from health inspectors.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that can be spread by eating food that was prepared by someone who doesn't wash his or her hands, through contaminated food or water, or by having close contact with someone who has the virus.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain or discomfort, especially on the upper right side beneath your lower ribs (by your liver)
  • Clay-colored bowel movements
  • Dark urine
  • Fatigue
  • Intense itching
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low-grade fever
  • Sudden nausea and vomiting
  • Yellowing of the skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)

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