LI restaurant worker has hepatitis A

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Health officials are urging patrons who dined at a Long Island restaurant to get a hepatitis A vaccination as a precaution.

The Suffolk County health department says a worker at the Driver’s Seat Restaurant in Southampton has tested positive for the virus.

Patrons who visited the establishment between Aug. 6 and Aug. 20 may have been exposed.

The agency says the worker may have been exposed during a visit to Ecuador.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that can last from weeks or months.

The agency is offering free vaccination to individuals who ate at the restaurant between Aug. 16 and Aug. 20. Vaccination can prevent illness if given within two weeks of exposure.

Locations, dates and times are can be obtained through the agency’s hotline at 631-787-2200.

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