Hepatitis A Alert

For Immediate Release: March 15, 2004

Contact: Vermont Department of Health
Communication Office
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – Vermont health officials are joining Massachusetts health officials in alerting people who ate at Two Brothers Pizza in Ludlow, MA between February 25 and March 6 that they may have been exposed to hepatitis A.

Two Brothers Pizza is located at 103 West St. in Ludlow , MA. Ludlow is located east of Springfield, MA on the Massachusetts Turnpike – I90.

A food worker at the restaurant has been diagnosed with the hepatitis A virus.

As a precaution, health officials are urging people who ate cold or uncooked foods such as salads, sandwiches or condiments – anyone who can’t remember what they ate at the restaurant during this time – to contact the Vermont Department of Health or their health care provider to discuss hepatitis A prevention options.

Hepatitis A is transmitted by person-to-person contact and also by consuming food handled by an infected individual.

Hepatitis A is a contagious viral illness that affects the liver. Symptoms include fatigue, poor appetite, fever and vomiting. As the disease progresses, dark urine, pale stools and jaundice – a temporary yellowing of the skin and eyes – may occur. Symptoms generally appear three to four weeks after exposure. The disease is rarely fatal and most people recover in a few weeks without any complications. However, prompt preventive treatment can minimize the chances of becoming ill. The Vermont Department of Health can be reached at 802-863-7240 or within Vermont at 1-800-640-4374 between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.