The Ashland-Boyd Co Health Department is investigating a case involving a food preparation worker at Texas Roadhouse, located in the 500 block of Winchester Road, who was diagnosed with hepatitis A. According to WSAZ reports, the possible exposure was March 20 through April 12, 2018. The health department said the employee prepared only fried food (appetizers and entrees) during the infectious period. Health officials went onto say that because the food was fried at a temperature greater than 185 degrees, the potential exposure is in the “low risk” category. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said it can take up to 50 days from exposure for a person to develop symptoms. Officials with the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department said Texas Roadhouse Corporate and local staff have cooperated fully with the local and state health officials. Hepatitis A is a robust virus that can live for months outside of the human body. It is very difficult to kill and most common cleaning fluids are not effective against the virus. Handwashing with soap and water is needed. Waterless hand sanitizers are also not effective at killing the hepatitis A virus.
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