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Health officials say another food worker in Boyd County, Ky., diagnosed with Hepatitis A

Health officials say an employee at RJ Kahunas in Ashland was diagnosed with the disease on May 15. (MGN Online)

The Ashland-Boyd County Health Department said an employee that handled food was diagnosed with Hepatitis A at RJ Kahuna's.

The health department said the employee of the restaurant located at 10699 U.S. 60 in Ashland was diagnosed May 15, according to a news release from the department.

The investigation found the risk of restaurant patrons becoming infected is low. RJ Kahuna's is working with the health department to prevent any new cases as a result of this case.

All employees will be required to receive the Hepatitis A vaccine prior to returning to work. The restaurant will close voluntarily to allow all employees to develop vaccine immunity.

A Dairy Queen employee at the 3300 13th St. location in Ashland was recently diagnosed with Hepatitis A, along with several other restaurants in the county.

Health officials said Hepatitis A is a communicable disease of the liver caused by the virus. Most adults experience symptoms of fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain and nausea that resolve within two months of infection. The best way to prevent the infection is to get vaccinated. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is recommending that a vaccination for everyone living in Greenup, Carter, Boyd, Jefferson and Bullitt counties.

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