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Hepatitis A exposure warning issued for Sandy Cinema movie theater

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A Hepatitis A exposure warning was issued for Sandy Cinema. A Hepatitis A exposure warning was issued for Sandy Cinema.

Clackamas County health officials are investigating possible exposure to Hepatitis A at the Sandy Cinema movie theater.

People who bought food or drinks from the concession stand during certain times earlier this month may have been exposed.

The specific days and hours in question are: 11 a.m. to closing Feb. 12; 6 p.m. to closing Feb. 13; 2 p.m. to closing Feb. 14; and 1:30 p.m. to closing Feb. 15.

Public health officials said theater owners have been fully cooperative and stressed that the risk to the public is extremely low and there is no continued risk to the public at this time.

The Hepatitis A case was first reported to Clackamas County Public Health late Wednesday. An assistant manager at the theater told FOX 12 a concessions worker was diagnosed with the infection. 

Ticket counts show around 2,800 people came to the theater during the affected times. 

People who may have been exposed are urged to check their immunization status, and if they have not been immunized against Hepatitis A, they should obtain medication that can decrease the chance of becoming ill.

Health officials recommend that those who may have been exposed contact their health provider, urgent care or pharmacy to inquire about the availability of such medications.

Clackamas County Public Health has also established a phone line to provide information at 503-742-5320.

"This recommendation for treatment doesn't apply to people who ate at Sandy Cinema on other days," said Dr. Sarah Present, Clackamas County Public Health Officer. "We know the likelihood of infection is low but we are recommending vaccinations for exposed persons because the risk is not zero and there are effective medications that can further decrease the risk if illness."

Hepatitis A is a viral disease of the liver that is contagious. It is spread from person to person, often by inadequate hand washing after using the bathroom or changing diapers, or eating food prepared by an infected person.

Typical symptoms include fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or jaundice, which is a yellowing of the skin or eyes. Some infections may be mild, but can develop into severe liver disease.

Symptoms usually develop 3-4 weeks after exposure, but they can appear up to 50 days later.

For more, go to www.clackamas.us/publichealth.

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