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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 21, 2015

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

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) opened the doors of its Greenville and Spartanburg county health departments for a third day today 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.

The Spartanburg and Greenville county health departments will be offering post-exposure treatments again Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, during normal business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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. 7 and Sept. 15, 2015, or the Duncan-area restaurant between Sept. 7 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 when they first consumed anything from the restaurants. 

As of today, customers and staff who ate at the restaurants between Aug. 31 and Sept. 6 are not likely to benefit from post-exposure treatment. Anyone who ate at these Hardee's restaurants between these dates should watch for symptoms of infection, such as nausea, vomiting, and jaundice, which is yellowing of the eyes and skin. Seek medical care if symptoms develop.

As a result of the weekend clinics, a total of 2,379 individuals had received post-exposure treatment for hepatitis A. The agency also received 527 calls through its hotline (1-800-868-0404) from the public.  

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