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Hepatitis A exposure at Barrie restaurant

The health unit is opening its clinic at 15 Sperling Drive in Barrie for immunization against Hepatitis A on an appointment basis from Monday to Friday. Please call to book an appointment at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, extension 5829 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..

This message only applies to staff and customers of State & Main restaurant, located at 467 Cundles Road East in Barrie, on certain dates noted below. These people may have been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus through a food handler working at the restaurant who has been diagnosed with the virus.

The Hepatitis A virus is easily transmitted from person to person, and can be spread when people who have the virus may contaminate food, drink, surfaces, and objects such as cutlery or dishes. 

Staff and customers of State & Main who ate or drank there during the following dates and times may have been exposed:

  • Friday, June 21, 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 27, 4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 28, 10:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 29, 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 4, 5:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
  • Friday, July 5, 6:30 p.m. – midnight
  • Wednesday, July 10, 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 11, 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Thanks to the many people who attended the immunization clinic over the weekend. We were able to provide more than 750 immunizations and answered hundreds of questions over the phone and at the clinic.

Those who did not eat or drink at the restaurant during any of the periods identified above do not need to be immunized. There is no current risk for those visiting the restaurant. The restaurant is working closely with the health unit and this occurrence is not a direct reflection on the restaurant, as this disease can happen at any time in any setting.

Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus. Symptoms of Hepatitis A usually develop about four weeks after exposure to the virus, although this period can range from 15 to 50 days. Symptoms can include fever, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal discomfort, a general feeling of being unwell, followed by a few days of jaundice. People who are immuno-compromised, are older, or have a pre-existing chronic liver disease are more at risk of serious illness.

Health unit staff will be able to answer questions by phone. Call 705-721-7520, or 1-877-721-7520, ext. 5829 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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