The state Public Health Department on Tuesday warned recent customers of Marco’s Pizza in Saks to contact a health care provider after a delivery driver was diagnosed with hepatitis A.
According to a news release, anyone who ate food, whether picked up or delivered, from the restaurant between Sept. 26 and Oct. 2 should be checked for the virus.
Hepatitis A is a viral infection that can be transmitted person-to-person and by eating food or drinks prepared by an infected person, according to the release. Hepatitis A vaccine can prevent infection, but only if given within 14 days of exposure to the virus.
Laura Johnstone, a spokeswoman for the Marco’s Pizza chain, said by email that the Saks restaurant was immediately inspected after the driver was diagnosed with the virus on Oct. 6.
“Marco’s Pizza in Anniston was given a clean bill of health following an inspection by the Calhoun County Health Department,” she wrote. “In order to ensure the safety of our customers, the inspection was conducted immediately when it was learned the driver was diagnosed.”
Johnstone declined to say how many customers may have been affected and referred questions to the Public Health Department.
“Our hearts and prayers are with the driver for a quick recovery, and we’re focused on continuing to provide the quality service and products that our customers deserve,” Johnstone wrote in the email.
Many customers have already been contacted by the Department of Public Health but any customers who ordered food during the designated time period should seek medical treatment, according to the release.
“The best way to prevent getting hepatitis A is to receive the vaccine within the first two weeks after exposure,” the release said. “Those who have previously been vaccinated with one dose of Hepatitis A vaccine need a second dose. Two doses are required to be considered protected from exposure.”
The hepatitis A vaccine can be given to infants at least a year old to people 40 years of age who have never had the vaccine. People older than 40 can sometimes take the hepatitis A vaccine or may require immune globulin, according to the release.
Adults with the virus may experience fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea and jaundice, according to the release.
“These symptoms usually resolve within two months of infection,” Dr. Burnestine Taylor with the Department of Public Health was quoted as saying. “Children less than 6 years of age generally do not have symptoms or have an unrecognized infection. Almost all people who get hepatitis A recover completely.”