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New Hepatitis Exposure Reported In Westchester

The Sleepy Hollow Country Club
The Sleepy Hollow Country Club Photo Credit: Wikimedia

Westchester Health Departments officials are warning that another possible Hepatitis A exposure has taken place in the county.

The latest, at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Briarcliff Manor, is connected to the earlier exposure at bartaco restaurant in Port Chester which infected five people.

In a statement, the department said that an employee of the club was infected by one of the five people who was exposed to the disease at bartaco.

The employee worked in the club's Grill Room while infectious, officials said.

The health department is recommending that anyone who ate or drank at the club between Oct. 27 and Nov. 4 receive treatment against the disease.

Anyone who dined at the country club during that time period can receive the free preventative treatment Friday, Nov. 10 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the county clinic at 134 Court St., in White Plains.

To pre-register for the treatment, go to www.health.ny.gov/gotoclinic/60 or call 211 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for more information.

“Hepatitis A is generally a mild illness whose symptoms include fatigue, fever, poor appetite, abdominal pain, diarrhea, dark urine, light-colored stool, and jaundice, which is the yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes” said Dr. Sherlita Amler, Commissioner of Health. “There are no special medications used to treat a person once symptoms appear, but Hepatitis A transmission to others can be prevented through proper handwashing.”

Not everyone infected with Hepatitis A will have all of its symptoms. Symptoms commonly appear within 28 days of exposure, with a range of 15 to 50 days. Preventive treatment is only effective within two weeks of exposure to the virus, but symptoms typically do not appear until a person has had the virus for a few weeks. The illness is rarely fatal and most people recover in a few weeks without any complications.

More than 3,000 people received treatment after the bartaco exposure, county officials said.

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