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Public Health Dispatch: Potential Hepatitis A Exposure Among Interstate 95 Travelers -- North Carolina, 1999

North Carolina health officials are advising persons who dined at the Texas Steakhouse in Smithfield (Johnston County), North Carolina, near Interstate 95 (exit 95) on July 24, July 25, July 26, July 31, August 1, August 2, August 7, or August 8 after 3 p.m. that they may have been exposed to hepatitis A. A worker at the restaurant during those times has had hepatitis A infection diagnosed. Potentially 3000 diners could have been exposed when the infected person was working.

Although local health officials think that many diners were from the Smithfield/Johnston County area, many of the exposed persons may be from other areas, particularly along the eastern seaboard. Additional information is available from the Johnston County Health Department, telephone (919) 989-5200.

Reported by: LS Woodall, MD, Johnston County Health Dept, Smithfield; JS Cline, DDS, Chief, Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases Section, Div of Public Health, North Carolina Dept of Health and Human Svcs.

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