500 people potentially exposed to Hepatitis A at Johnson City McDonald's

Published: Jul. 31, 2019 at 7:58 AM EDT
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The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed to

they are investigating a case of acute Hepatitis A in an employee at the McDonald's on West Market Street.

Officials said anyone who ate at the restaurant between 12 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24 may have been exposed to the illness.

“So we estimate, during the afternoon about 500 people potentially could have eaten there,” said Dr. David Kirschke with the Tennessee Department of Health.

According to an announcement from health officials, " “Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis A virus. Symptoms can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Hepatitis A can be spread when a person ingests fecal matter, even in very small amounts. People who have been exposed to hepatitis A can reduce their risk of illness by receiving hepatitis A vaccination within two weeks of exposure.”

A Hepatitis A vaccination event will be held at a clinic at 219 Princeton Road on Wednesday, July 31 and Thursday, August 1 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The manager of the McDonald's released a statement saying, "We are committed to providing a clean and safe environment for all who visit our restaurant. We are working with the Northeast Tennessee Health Department to ensure the continued well-being for both our guests and crew.”