Red Robin Worker Exposed 5,000 Customers to Hepatitis A

The restaurant has been inspected and found safe

   

Red Robin Worker Exposed 5,000 Customers to Hepatitis A

Customers who dined at a Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (RRGB) restaurant in Springfield, Missouri, earlier this month may have been exposed to hepatitis A.

hospital beds Red Robin Worker Exposed 5,000 Customers to Hepatitis AAccording to local health officials, a worker at the Red Robin restaurant has hepatitis A and may have been contagious. The restaurant itself has been inspected and declared safe by health inspectors. People who ate at the Red Robin restaurant between May 8 and May 16 are advised to contact the local health department, CNN notes.

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The unidentified worker hasn’t worked at the Red Robin restaurant since May 16, but up to 5,000 people may have been exposed to the disease during the time the worker was at the restaurant.

Red Robin said that all workers at the location had received a immune globulin prophylaxis shot. The local health department has set up a vaccination clinic at a nearby conference center with more than 4,000 doses of hepatitis A vaccine.

Hepatitis A is a highly infections disease that can be transmitted through personal contact or contaminated food or drinks. People with mild cases of hepatitis A usually recover on their own, but those with severe cases can suffer liver damage.

Despite the news, RRGB stock climbed almost 1% in Thursday midday trading.

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