If you consumed a beverage at Monteverde at Oldstone in Cortlandt Manor recently, you might be at risk for Hepatitis A.
Dr. Sherlita Amler, Westchester County’s Health Commissioner, is encouraging people who drank there between May 31 and June 10 to protect themselves against Hepatitis A following confirmation that an employee with the disease worked at the restaurant while infectious.
Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease transmitted by ingesting contaminated food or water or through direct contact with an infectious person.
“The key to prevention is a quick response,” said Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.
At-risk Patrons are being urged to contact the Westchester County Health Department, which will offer free Hepatitis A treatment on Thursday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Monteverde at Oldstone and on Friday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westchester County Health Department clinic at 134 Court Street in White Plains.
No appointments are needed, but individuals interested in attending a clinic are encouraged to pre-register online or call the Health Department at (914) 995-7499.
The treatment is a Hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin. Anyone age 18 or younger must be accompanied by a parent. Pregnant women who may have been exposed should contact their prenatal care provider about treatment. Preventive treatment is only effective if given within two weeks of potential exposure.
Hepatitis A is generally a mild illness that affects the liver. Symptoms include fatigue, fever, poor appetite, abdominal pain, diarrhea, dark urine and yellowing of the skin and eyes, and can develop from two weeks to two months after exposure.