2nd worker at NH restaurant develops hepatitis A

Posted: 08/30/13 at 12:45 pm EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire health officials say a second bartender at a Contoocook restaurant has developed hepatitis A and that between 100 and 200 people might have been exposed to the liver disease.

Public Health Director Dr. Jose Montero said Friday the case is linked to a previous case of another bartender developing hepatitis A at the Covered Bridge Restaurant last month.

Montero said the second worker was at the restaurant on Tuesday, Aug. 13 and Tuesday, Aug. 20.

The Health Department recommends that restaurant on Aug. 20 receive a vaccine to protect themselves. Clinics are being set up from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Bow High School.

Hepatitis A can be spread when an infected person handles food without appropriate hand hygiene.

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