The Department of Health and Senior Services has put out a warning that an employee that handled food at Ruby Garden in Ava, MO has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A.

It is rare to catch the virus by that method but the DHSS is recommending that anyone who ate or drank at Ruby Garden between August 30th-31st get a Hepatitis A vaccine within 14 days of exposure.

They do also warn that if you were not at Ruby Garden during those days you are asked to not come in for a shot.

We have copied information on where to get free vaccines and other health tips from the DHSS below.

The Douglas County Health Department will be providing vaccinations at no cost for patrons of Ruby Garden who consumed food or drink during the dates of Aug. 30-31, at 608 NW 12th Ave, Ava, MO 65608 on:

  • Saturday, Sept. 7; 9-11 a.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 9; 9-11 a.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 9; 1-4 p.m.

Anyone who consumed food or drink at Ruby Garden during the dates of Aug. 30-31, 2019, is also asked to:

  1. Monitor their health for symptoms of hepatitis A infection up to 50 days after exposure.
  2. Wash their hands with soap and warm water frequently and thoroughly, especially after using the bathroom and before preparing food.
  3. Stay at home and contact their health care provider immediately if symptoms of hepatitis A infection develop.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that can cause loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, fever, stomach pain, brown colored urine, and light colored stools. Yellowing of the skin or eyes might also occur. People can become ill up to 7 weeks after being exposed to the virus. If you think you have symptoms of hepatitis A, you should contact your health care provider.

Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool (poop) from an infected person. Careful hand washing with soap and water, including under the fingernails, after using the bathroom or changing diapers and before preparing or eating food will help prevent the spread of this disease.