A Clermont County restaurant employee has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, and health officials are urging anyone who ate at the restaurant to monitor for symptoms.
Officials with Clermont County Public Health said an employee at the IHOP restaurant at 5699 Romar Drive in Milford was recently diagnosed.
The risk to patrons is extremely low, officials said, but as a precaution, Clermont County Public Health is asking anyone who at at IHOP from Dec. 25 through Dec. 31 to monitor for symptoms of the virus for up to 50 days.
Symptoms of hepatitis A include:
- Low appetite
- Stomach pain
- Clay-colored stools
- Jaundice (yellowish color to the skin and eyes)
The disease, which affects the liver, can be spread through eating or drinking contaminated food. Food can get contaminated if a person who has the virus does not wash his or her hands properly after using the bathroom and before preparing or touching food.
“The restaurant management has been very cooperative and we are working with them to review safe food handling techniques,” said Assistant Health Commissioner Tim Kelly.