CHARLOTTE, N.C. ̵
[PAST COVERAGE: Mecklenburg Co. health department wraps up hepatitis A vaccinations following outbreak]
Health officials have not identified the person, who said they were a restaurateur.
Officials reported that the possible exposure to hepatitis A occurred at the Village Tavern in Congress Street on October 30th. All customers who ate there that day are recommended to get the hepatitis A vaccine.
[CDC: Hepatitis A information]
"After consulting the state today, we recommend vaccination for all the exposed employees and users who ate at the Village Tavern, located at 4201 Congress Street on Tuesday, October 30th, "said public health director Gibbie Harris. "According to the Centers for Disease Control, the vaccine should be administered within 14 days of exposure for it to be effective."
Vaccinations for 150 clients who may have been exposed and for residents who meet the high – risk factors for hepatitis A will be administered at the Mecklenburg County Health Department in Billingsley Road
The opening hours of public vaccination clinics are listed below:
- Thursday, November 8: 8 – 17
- Friday 9 November: 8 am – 5 pm
- Saturday, 10 November: 9 am – Noon
- Sunday 11 November: 9 am – Noon  Monday 12 November: 9.00 am – 12.00 pm
- Tuesday 13 November: 8.00 am – 17:00
The Village Tavern said he had worked with the North Carolina Department of Health since he was diagnosed with hepatitis A.
"Yesterday, we were informed by the Department of Health of North Carolina in this situation and we are taking precautions to protect other employees and our customers, "said Tony Santarelli, president and CEO of The Village Tavern, Inc." The employee was unaware or showed symptoms on the day in he has reported to work and we are not aware of anyone who gets sick or this employee who infects someone.That said, food safety and personal hygiene are of utmost importance in all our restaurants, so we are actively taking everyone the necessary measures to ensure the well-being of our employees and guests. "
" All SouthPark employees are being vaccinated within the next 2 4 hours, according to the recommendation of the nurses of the Department for communicable diseases ", said Santarelli. "We also encourage our customers who had dinner with us on October 30th to be vaccinated as soon as possible."
Officials with the restaurant claimed that the SouthPark office was inspected several times in the last 24 hours and it was found to be in full compliance.
Channel 9 found that the Village Tavern was inspected by the Department of Health on 21 September and scored 87. The restaurant was again inspected on 10 October and received a 92.5.
This is the 24 cases of hepatitis A reported in the county from the beginning of the year
In June, health officials reported that an employee of Hardee in the west of Charlotte was diagnosed with the virus.