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WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: RESTAURANT EMPLOYEE MAY HAVE TRANSMITTED HEPATITIS A VIRUS

 OLYMPIA, Wash., March 29 /PRNewswire/ -- State and local health officials are warning people who ate at the Heron and Beaver pub or Shoalwater Restaurant in Seaview, Wash., between March 17-24 that they may have been exposed to Hepatitis A, the Washington State Department of Health said today.
 An employee has been confirmed with the Hepatitis A virus.
 Health officials are concerned that several Oregon residents may have been exposed. The exposure period also coincided with spring break for Oregon schools.
 No additional cases have yet been reported or confirmed.
 Anyone who ate at the restaurant or the pub should contact a physician or the Pacific County Health Department at 206-642-9349 or 206-875-9343 to receive a gamma globulin injection to increase immunity to the virus.
 Hepatitis A is not fatal, but is highly contagious. Its symptoms include fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and a jaundice of the skin. The resulting illness usually lasts 2-3 weeks.
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 /CONTACT: Kathy Spoor, 206-875-9343, or Mary Goelz, 206-642-9349, both of the Pacific County Health Department; or Marcia Goldoft, 206-361-2914, or Dean R. Owen, 206-753-3934, both of the Washington State Department of Health/


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