Dec. 23, 2003
HARTFORD, Conn.--Seven people are being treated for Hepatitis A that Connecticut health officials believe they contracted from a Monroe pizzeria.
According to Newsday, six customers of McGowan's Pizza Land became ill earlier this month following November visits to the restaurant. A McGowan's employee also contracted hepatitis in mid-November.
Hepatitis A infects the liver and is a relatively mild illness, lasting one to two weeks. Symptoms appear in two to six weeks after exposure and commonly include mild fever, loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, abdominal pain and jaundice. Left untreated, however, it can be fatal.
"Hepatitis A is generally not a life-threatening illness and all of the cases are responding well," said Pat Mshar, a state epidemiologist.
The virus is found in feces and can be spread through contaminated water and food. Foodservice employees are urged to wash their hands regularly lessen the spread of the disease.
"That's really important because (hand-washing) can prevent so many infections, not just hepatitis," Mshar said.