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Health officials warn about hepatitis A exposure at Tempe Genghis Grill

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PHOENIX – Cartridges that have eaten at a Tempe star restaurant over the past month may have been exposed to hepatitis A, authorized the authorities Monday.

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health said the postponement may have taken place at the Genghis Grill in the Tempe Marketplace on 10 dates in May and June.

"We know that the possibility of exposure only occurred at this place in the Tempe Marketplace and we know that both patrons and individuals working in that location may be at risk of being exposed," says Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, County Director of Disease Control, KTAR News 92.3 FM .

Days of concern were May 30 and June 1

, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 and 18.

Anyone who ate at Genghis Grill these days should see a healthcare provider if they experience the following symptoms: nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, vomiting, tiredness, fever, abdominal pain, dark colored urine, light or white ish bowel movements and jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Sunenshine said hepatitis A can be severe, but is rarely fatal.

"It may lead to prolonged hospitalization, but the good news is when you have returned from hepatitis A you are completely cured of it, you cannot give it to anyone and you are no longer infected," she said.

The disease affects the liver and can spread by food, drink or touch.

"It's typically from someone who doesn't wash their hands properly," Sunenshine says.

Symptoms usually occur about one month after exposure, but can develop anywhere between 15 and 60 days.

People who visited Genghis Grill on June 18 are still within two weeks of receiving a vaccine to prevent infection.

Arizona is one of many states experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak, mainly among intravenous drug users and people with unstable homes.

From May 26, 409 cases were statewide and 200 in Maricopa County as part of the outbreak that began in November 2018. "19659003]" Hepatitis A is easy to prevent through hand hygiene, washing your hands as you walk on the toilet and before you eat, "Sunenshine said.

High risk persons without insurance can be vaccinated at a county clinic.

KTAR News 92.3 FM's Ashley Flood contributed to this report.

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