Hepatits A exposure at Roma's in Washington Mills and Utica

The Oneida County Health Department sent out an alert on Friday stating an employee at Roma's tested positive for Hepatitis A. The Health Department said the employee worked while they were infectious.

Posted: Apr 9, 2021 6:36 PM
Updated: Apr 12, 2021 10:57 AM

The Oneida County Health Department sent out an alert on Friday stating an employee at Roma Sausage & Deli in Utica and Washington Mills tested positive for Hepatitis A. The Health Department said the employee worked while they were infectious. 

The Health Department said those who ate tomato between March 23 - 31 were exposed. Those who ate tomato pie between March 23 - 26 are past the window to get vaccinated and should monitor themselves for symptoms. 

Those who ate tomato pie from March 27 - 31 can get vaccinated. The county will be setting up a clinic tomorrow through Tuesday in Utica. To make an appointment, visit Oneida County's Website. The clinic will be at Oneida County Health Department at 406 Elizabeth St. in Utica.

Symptoms include:

  • Yellow skin or eyes
  • Lack of appetite
  • Upset stomach
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Dark urine or light-colored stools
  • Joint pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue

Symptoms commonly appear within 28 days of exposure, with a range of 15 to 50 days. Hepatitis A is transmitted by consuming food or drinks or by using utensils that have been handled by an infected person. It may also be spread from person to person by ingesting something that has been contaminated by the infected person. Casual contact, such as sitting together, does not spread the virus. If you have any of these symptoms, please contact the Oneida County Health Department or your health care provider.

Roma's has been notified of the potential Hepatitis A exposure and is cooperating with OCHD. Follow-up inspections will occur.

If you have had the COVID-19 vaccine within the past two weeks you can get the Hepatitis A vaccine. If you are scheduled to have a COVID-19 vaccine within two weeks of the Hepatitis A vaccine, your COVID-19 vaccination should be rescheduled to two weeks after the Hepatitis A vaccination.

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