State issues public health alert for hepatitis in Kodiak

Posted: Sunday, March 02, 2003

KODIAK (AP) -- State health officials have confirmed a case of Hepatitis ''A'' in Kodiak.

According to the state Division of Public Health, a person who makes doughnuts at the A-C Deli in Kodiak has been found to be infected with the virus. Health officials said those who ate doughnuts from the deli between Feb. 16 and Feb. 26 may be at increased risk of developing the disease if they've never been vaccinated for it or had it.

Hepatitis ''A'' is a liver disease. Symptoms include nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, fatigue, fever and stomach cramps.

Symptoms usually begin within two to six weeks of exposure.

The illness can be prevented with a shot of immune globulin. Free shots will be given this weekend at the Kodiak Public Health Center to anyone who may have been exposed.

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