NH wraps up hepatitis A investigation

HOPKINTON, N.H. (AP) — More than 1,000 people who may have been exposed to hepatitis A by a bartender in Hopkinton, N.H., have received injections to protect themselves against the contagious liver disease.

State public health officials had recommended that anyone who ate or drank at the American Legion or Covered Bridge Restaurant between July 20 and Aug. 3 receive a vaccine or an immune globulin injection. They estimated that between 600 and 1,000 people were potentially exposed, and a total of 1,114 received the injections.

Hepatitis A can be spread when an infected person handles food without appropriate hand hygiene, but vaccinations given soon after exposure can prevent illness from developing.

Public health director Dr. Montero on Thursday thanked everyone involved for what he called a quick and thorough response.

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