DALLAS (CBSDFW) – Today the Dallas County Health Department confirmed a case of hepatitis-A at a local daycare.
The name of the daycare was not released, but one of its employees was found to have the virus. Any children enrolled there or fellow employees could have been exposed to the virus any time between October 1st and 20th.
Adults have a greater risk of contracting hepatitis A than children do, but the risk is still present.
“It’s not as significant now,” says county medical director Dr Christopher Perkins. “Illnesses such as hepatitis-A can now be dealt with through routine vaccinations.”
All children enrolled in Dallas daycare facilities are recommended to stay up to date on their vaccinations, but Perkins says it’s not necessarily a requirement. The risk of contracting hepatitis A is of course greater if a child attending this daycare was not vaccinated against the virus.
The infected employee will be staying away from work for at least seven days.
“Anyone exposed may not develop any symptoms at all,” says Perkins. “However we recommend these children and adults see their healthcare providers to get the hepatitis A vaccine if they haven’t already.”
Symptoms of hepatitis A include fever, nausea, vomiting, and jaundice. The symptoms can start anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks after exposure.
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