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The number of people who have lost their lives to an outbreak of hepatitis linked to three Famous Anthony’s restaurants located in Virginia’s Roanoke Valley rises to four.
Larry Vest, the most recent victim, passed away after months of battling liver disease, Food Safety News reported.
In the outbreak related to Famous Anthony’s, announced on October 12, 2021, more than 50 people would have been infected by the hepatitis virus30 of the sick people had to be admitted to hospitals.
Before Larry Vest lost his life, his wife Diane, who was also infected, died in the fall of 2021. The death of James Hamlin was also reported, on October 8, and the death of another person without his name being revealed. .
The hepatitis outbreak was associated with Famous Anthony locations at 4913 Grandin Road, 6499 Williamson Road and 2221 Crystal Spring Avenue, where an infected employee worked between August 10 and 27, 2021.
As reported by The Roanoke Times, The owners of Famous Anthony’s filed for bankruptcy protection Monday at two of their Roanoke locations. after the outbreak of hepatitis A related to its restaurants and that would cause the death of 4 people.
How is Hepatitis A spread?
Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that hepatitis A is highly contagious, but they also point out that It is a vaccine-preventable disease.
The hepatitis virus is found in the feces and blood of infected people. It spreads when someone ingests the virus, through close personal contact with an infected person or by eating contaminated food or drink.
Hepatitis A symptoms
Hepatitis A symptoms include fatigue, nausea, stomach pain, and jaundice (causes skin and whites of eyes to turn yellow). Most people with hepatitis A may feel sick for a few weeks to several months.
Although most people do not have a long-lasting illness, the CDC notes that there are rare cases where hepatitis A can cause liver failure and even death; this is more common in older people and in people with other serious health problems, such as chronic liver disease.
The authorities recommend that it is very important that people with symptoms of hepatitis stay home and don’t go to work especially if they work in food service, health care, or child care.
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