Possible Hepatitis A Exposure In The Village

Public health officials are saying that people who attended Toronto’s Gay Village hot spot O’Grady’s this month may have been exposed to Hepatitis A.

Apparently an employee of O’Grady’s tested positive for the viral liver disease, and anyone who ate or drank there between June 7 and June 23 may be at risk. This could affect thousands of people from across North America who were visiting Toronto for Pride.

Although the risk of transmission is low, anyone who dined there should look out for symptoms including fever, tiredness, nausea, loss of appetite, dark urine, stomach pains and jaundiced skin.

In response, the city will be holding two free Hep. A. vaccination clinics:

June 30 at East York Civic Centre from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

July 1 at Metro Hall, in rooms 308 and 309 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hepatitis A’s symptoms begin between 15 and 50 days after exposure and most people who contract the disease make a full recovery. Infection generally creates a lifetime of immunity. Older people and those who suffer from chronic liver conditions face a greater risk of hospitalization or death as a result of the disease.

photo credit: CTV News

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