June 23, 2022

Buffalo Restaurant Employee Tests Positive For Hepatitis A | Health

Dr Gale Burstein (file photo Harold McNeil / News)

By Maki Becker

A restaurant worker at Ang’s Family restaurant on Clinton Street in Buffalo has been diagnosed with the hepatitis A virus, the Erie County Department of Health said on Tuesday.

Health officials are advising anyone who has eaten or drunk at Ang’s, also known as Ang’s Lunch Wagon at 1501 Clinton, between Tuesday, September 24 and Friday, September 27, get the hepatitis A vaccine.

The vaccine can prevent people potentially exposed to the virus from developing the infection.

A vaccination clinic will be held on Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Ang.

Health officials were notified of the exhibit on Monday. They are also studying other possible exhibitions between Thursday September 12 and Monday September 23. The vaccine would not be effective for those exposed during this time.

The restaurant has been made aware of potential exposures and is working with Department of Health staff to provide the vaccine to unvaccinated employees. Sanitation workers inspect the restaurant on Tuesday.

“This is the third case of hepatitis A in a restaurant worker that our department has treated this year,” Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein said in a statement.

“… To date, we have confirmed 32 cases of hepatitis A in Erie County, which is what we saw in 2018. In the previous three years, we have seen between two and four new cases every year, “she continued. “This is a contagious disease and we strongly encourage all residents of Erie County, including those who work in catering or restaurants, to complete the hepatitis A vaccine series. Suppliers primary care, occupational health care clinics and travel vaccination clinics are able to provide this vaccine. “