Hepatitis A Outbreak at Mendham Golf and Tennis Club Sickens 23, At Least One Patron is “Seriously Ill”.
An outbreak of a Hepatitis A has sickened 23 patrons of the Mendham Golf and Tennis Club in Mendham, New Jersey. There are 23 confirmed cases including one individual who remained in “serious condition.”
Hepatitis A is an immediately reportable condition to The New Jersey Department of Health (“NJDOH”). The NJDOH is supporting the Mendham Township Department of Health, which began an immediate investigation into the outbreak.
The 23 confirmed cases have been traced to a food handler who worked in the kitchen of the Morris County private club. The food handler’s diagnosis was reported to Morris County and state officials on July 5, 2019. Mendham Township sent a letter to club members advising those who dined at the club between June 9, 2019, and June 30, 2019, to seek advice from their medical provider.
The Mendham Golf and Tennis Club also notified their membership of the potential risk to those who dined at the club. The members were further advised to inform any guests who may have joined them to dine at the club.
The notification to the members also advised that those who dined at the club when the food handler was potentially infectious should possibly receive post-exposure prophylaxis (vaccine or medication) to prevent the illness after exposure.
Hepatitis A is mainly spread by close person to person contact or via contaminated food. Some people who contract Hepatitis A may show no initial symptoms. Others may present with a range of symptoms that include fever, fatigue, stomach pain, diarrhea, poor appetite, vomiting, dark yellow urine, and yellow skin and eyes.
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