Confirmed hepatitis A case in food handler prompts public alert

September 9, 2019

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services (AHS) has confirmed a case of hepatitis A in an individual who participated in preparing food at London Local restaurant located at 2307 Ellwood Drive SW in Edmonton while infectious.

Individuals who consumed food from the above noted location from Tuesday August 13 through Sunday August 18, from Tuesday August 20 through Saturday August 24, and on Tuesday August 27, 2019 may have been exposed to hepatitis A and should call Health Link (811) immediately for assessment of exposure and risk.

Individuals who call Health Link will be advised of eligibility for immunization. Immunization can only be provided within 14 days after an exposure and can prevent illness from occurring.

Anyone who believes they may have been exposed is also advised to monitor for symptoms of hepatitis A for up to 50 days after they last ate at the restaurant, as illness can occur from 15 to 50 days after exposure.

Symptoms of hepatitis A may include: tiredness; poor appetite; nausea and vomiting; abdominal pain and fever; followed by dark-coloured urine, light-coloured stools, and yellowing of eyes and skin several days later. Some people, especially young children, may get hepatitis A infection without noticing any symptoms; however, they are still infectious to others.

Individuals who develop symptoms are also advised to contact Health Link at 811 immediately.

“While we believe the risk to the public is low, hepatitis A is a serious infection,” says Dr. Chris Sikora, Medical Officer of Health, AHS Edmonton Zone. “Calling Health Link and monitoring yourself and your family for symptoms are important precautions.”

Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver caused by a virus. Spread through the fecal-oral route, individuals primarily contract hepatitis A through direct contact with an infected person; however, individuals can also contract the illness indirectly by ingestion of contaminated food or water.

If an infected individual does not properly wash his/her hands after using the washroom, the virus can be transmitted through food and beverages prepared by the infected individual. There is no ongoing risk of infection associated with this restaurant. It has been cleaned, inspected, and approved as safe to operate by AHS Environmental Public Health.

Note to media: Dr. Sikora will be available for interviews at 2 p.m. in the lobby of Seventh Street Plaza (10030 107 Street) on Monday, September 9, 2019.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

For media inquiries, contact:

Kirsten Goruk
AHS Communications