Prevent Hepatitis A
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Hepatitis A virus outbreaks have occurred in three California counties with over 500 cases confirmed since November 2016. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver disease that spreads from person-to-person, causing serious illness, and even death. The virus is transmitted through feces, either hand-to-hand or hand-to-food.
No cases have been identified in San Mateo County; however, it is very important to follow the steps listed below to prevent an outbreak at your business.
1. Increase Hand Washing:
- Employees must wash hands and arms with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; thoroughly rinse with clean running water, and properly dry hands and arms.
- Wash hands before putting on gloves, preparing, serving food, and handling utensils.
- Wash hands after sneezing, coughing, using or cleaning the restroom, or engaging in any activity that may contaminate hands.
- Ensure hand washing signs are posted in bathrooms and at all appropriate locations.
- Soap and paper towels must be in restrooms at all times. Hand Sanitizers will not protect against Hepatitis A.
2. Exclude Sick Employees:
- Sick employees must be excluded from work, especially if they report: Fever
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Dark urine or stools
- Diarrhea symptoms
3. Follow Cleaning Guidelines:
In addition to your regular cleaning protocols, we encourage you to enhance your cleaning by disinfecting the following surfaces by mixing 500 ppm bleach (2½ Tablespoons) with 1 gallon of water every 8 hours:
- Restroom surfaces (wear gloves!)
- Tables and chairs
- Kitchen surfaces
- High chairs
For more information or questions:
Call Environmental Health Services at (650) 372-6200, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – What is Viral Hepatitis?
- San Diego County – Disinfection Guidelines
- Santa Cruz County – Help Stop the Spread of Hepatitis A
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): List E: EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products Effective against Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Human HIV-1 and Hepatitis B Virus
- North Carolina – Norovirus Cleaning Step Recommendations
- Michigan Guidelines for Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection