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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 19, 2015

DHEC Health Facilities Open Again Sunday to Treat Potential Hepatitis A Exposures 

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will again have its facilities open in Greenville and Spartanburg from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 to provide post-exposure treatment to individuals who might have been exposed to hepatitis A at two Hardee's restaurants located in Spartanburg County.  The restaurants are located at 12209 Greenville Highway in Lyman and 1397 E. Main St. in Duncan.

Customers and staff who consumed food or drink at either of these two restaurants between the dates of Aug. 31 and Sep. 15, 2015 and Sept. 1 and Sept. 13, 2015, respectively, could have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus.

"Our primary concern is protecting the health and safety of the community," said Dr. Anna-Kathryn Rye, M.D. and medical consultant in DHEC's Bureau of Disease Control. "If you did not eat at these restaurants during these dates, you are not at risk and do not need to receive post-exposure treatment. However, if you did eat at these restaurants during these dates you might be at risk of exposure."

Rye recommended that customers and staff who as of today ate at the Lyman-area restaurant between Sept. 6 and Sept. 15, 2015, or the Duncan-area restaurant between Sept. 6 and Sept. 13, 2015, should receive post-exposure treatment for hepatitis A.

Post-exposure treatment is recommended for individuals if it can be administered less than two weeks from their date of consuming anything from the restaurants. 

Following today's clinics, 1,109 individuals have currently received post-exposure treatment for hepatitis A. The agency also has received 392 calls through its hotline (1-800-868-0404) from the public.

In addition to the Sunday clinic hours, both the Greenville County and Spartanburg County health departments will also offer post-exposure treatment on Monday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Information resulting from this investigation will be provided as it is confirmed, and in accordance with state and federal law.

For more information about hepatitis A, visit www.scdhec.gov/HepA.

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Jennifer Read
Chief Communications Officer
readjh@dhec.sc.gov
(803) 898-1259