Thousands in Tennessee Face Hepatitis Shots
As many as 5,000 patrons of a Clinton, Tenn., restaurant face the prospect of shots for hepatitis A to stem an outbreak of the viral liver disease, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
Seventeen cases of the disease have already been confirmed, and all of those infected are believed to have eaten at the Waffle House restaurant between April 5 and April 15. Two of the patrons have been hospitalized, the AP said.
The source of the outbreak remains a mystery, the wire service reported. The restaurant estimates as many as 5,000 people may have visited the establishment during the 10-day time frame.
Since it can take up to a month before an exposed person becomes sick, tracking the source and place of the original infection is proving difficult, Campbell County health officials told the AP.
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