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Hepatitis A exposure in popular Rockland County restaurant: officials

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NYACK, New York (PIX11) – Health officials are warning of a possible Hepatitis A exposure at a Nyack restaurant.

Both diners and staff  of La Fontana on 95 S Broadway may have been exposed to the virus during the 13-day period.  Officials say the they were at risk between march 19th and April 1st following the diagnosis of an employee.

La Fontana is a popular family-style Italian restaurant that sits a short distance from the Hudson River.

Hepatitis A is generally spread through fecal matter, and can cause an illness that may last up to several months.

The illness affects the liver, and is often spread when people don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom.

Symptoms include jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin), fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea. While some people who have chronic liver disease or a weakened immune system could experience more severe illness and require hospitalization, Hepatitis A is very rarely fatal (fewer than 1% of cases).

To obtain additional information, please contact the Division of Disease Control & Prevention at 845-364-2997 during business hours.

The health department will offer free Hepatitis A vaccine to customers and employees starting Saturday, April 12, at the Rockland County Fire Training Center at 35 Firemens Memorial Dr. in Pomona.

The vaccine will be administered from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday.