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UPDATE: DHEC continues to investigate possible Hepatitis A exposure

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control continues to investigate possible exposure to the Hepatitis A virus on Hilton Head Island.

The department says customers and staff who visited Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks on Hilton Head Island on February 15, 2014 are at risk for exposure, after an employee tested positive for the virus.

Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed is asked to call their primary care physician to receive treatment for possible exposure.

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The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said customers and staff of Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks in Hilton Head Island, who were present at the restaurant on the evening of February 15, 2014, are encouraged to contact their primary care provider to receive treatment for possible exposure to the Hepatitis A virus.

On Friday, DHEC was notified that an employee who worked at the restaurant on the evening of February 15 has tested positive for Hepatitis A. DHEC said the employee is being treated for the infection and has not returned to work.

"Hepatitis A is a liver disease that is caused by a virus," said Anita Brock, Director of DHEC's Bureau of Disease Control. "People usually become sick within 15 to 50 days after being exposed to the virus, so it's important to contact your doctor to get treatment as soon as possible to prevent the virus from developing into Hepatitis A infection."

DHEC said The restaurant is working closely with its agency to identify and contact customers and staff who may have been exposed to the virus. It is important for the public to know that this is not a food-borne outbreak.

"Hudson's Restaurant has a long history of 'A' compliance ratings and safe food service," said owner Brian Carmines. "We are determined to take whatever steps DHEC recommends to ensure the safety of our customers and staff."

Brock recommended that individuals who were present at the restaurant on February 15, between 4 p.m. and closing, contact their primary care provider to receive the post-exposure treatment for Hepatitis A no later than March 1. The treatment consists of a one dose vaccine, which must be administered within fourteen (14) days of possible exposure to be effective.

If anyone has a question or concern, they are encouraged to call DHEC at 1-800-868-0404. Operators are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

For more information about Hepatitis A, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/Hepatitis/A/index.htm.

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