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Rome Taco Bell employee tests positive for hepatitis A

An employee at the Taco Bell in Rome has tested positive for hepatitis A, and may have exposed customers on various days in June and July.

Posted: Jul 7, 2020 10:31 AM
Updated: Jul 7, 2020 5:31 PM

ROME, N.Y. (UPDATED) – An employee at the Taco Bell in Rome has tested positive for hepatitis A, and may have exposed customers on various days in June and July.

According to the Oneida County Health Department, people who were exposed should be vaccinated within two weeks of exposure.

The employee worked on the following days and times, and customers should be vaccinated by the dates listed.

  • June 24: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. – need vaccination by July 8
  • June 25: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. – need vaccination by July 9
  • June 29: 6 p.m. to 10:40 p.m. – need vaccination by July 13
  • July 2: 6 p.m. to 2:40 a.m. – need vaccination by July 16
  • July 3: 6 p.m. to 3:45 a.m. – need vaccination by July 17

Vaccinations are available at the health department’s Rome office, 300 W. Dominick St., by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 315-798-5747, and press one to leave a message with name, date of birth, phone number and date of exposure. Someone will return the call to schedule a time slot.

The following are symptoms of hepatitis A:

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

Taco Bell corporate released the following statement regarding the infection at the Rome location:

“As soon the franchise operator of this Rome, NY location learned that a team member tested positive for the hepatitis A virus, they began working closely with Taco Bell and local health officials. The restaurant was thoroughly sanitized and all team members will be offered vaccinations. Ensuring the health and wellbeing of our team members and our customers is our highest priority, which is why we are taking this matter so seriously.”

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