A Red Robin employee may have served up a side of hepatitis A to as many as 5,000 restaurant goers’ health officials said Wednesday. A Missouri Red Robin restaurant found that an employee of theirs may possibly be contagious with the disease.
Red Robin said the employee last completed a shift on Friday, May 16 and that the restaurant has been deemed safe after an inspection by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.
The New Jersey-based burger chain didn’t say in what area of the restaurant the employee worked but told customers who dined their between the dates of May 8 and 16 to call the health department for information on what to do next.
“It scared me because my husband has been sick,” Andrea Hall, a Red Robin customer, told CNN affiliate KOLR. “And a lot of his symptoms of his matched. A red flag just went off and I was like what do I do from here.”
Hepatitis A is generally spread via contaminated food or water, or by someone who’s infected, per the Mayo Clinic. Frequent hand washing is recommended to decrease spreading the virus.
The highly contagious infection limits the ability of the liver to function by inflaming it.
While mild cases don’t require treatment, the Mayo Clinic says most those infected recover completely without permanent liver damage. Severe cases, however, can lead to liver failure and even death.
Health officials in Springfield say symptoms range from fever, nausea, abdominal pain, dark urine and clay-colored bowel movements.
All Red Robin employees at the restaurant have since been inoculated with a immune globulin prophylaxis shot, the chain said.
The health department will run a two-day vaccination clinic at Remington’s, a venue that traditionally hosts concerts and trade shows. On its Facebook page, the entertainment complex indicated that 4,000 doses of a vaccine were being shipped there. Here’s to hoping the Red Robin employee did not affect many.
Red Robin Employee May Have Served Up Side of Hepatitis A