February 13, 2019
AIKEN, S.C.(WRDW/WAGT) -- Officials from DHEC say they were notified on February 12, 2019 that an employee at City Billiards tested positive for Hepatitis A.
DHEC says if you ate there between January 22 and February 5, you could have been exposed to the virus.
DHEC said they are working with City Billiards to investigate possible exposures and have arranged preventive vaccination for anyone who may be affected.
Due to this exposure, DHEC says they are declaring a hepatitis A outbreak in Aiken County. They say there have been 10 cases of the virus in Aiken County since December 1, 2018.
This is the second case of hepatitis A diagnosed in an Aiken-area food handler in February. At this time, DHEC says they are not aware of a known connection between the two cases.
DHEC officials are recommending a vaccination for those who have not been previously vaccinated if it can be administered less than two weeks from their date of consuming anything from the restaurant, with the last date of exposure being February 5, 2019.
DHEC will offer no-cost hepatitis A vaccines to individuals who may have been exposed as a precaution.
Customers and staff who ate food prepared at the restaurant from January 31 - February 5 are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider, or come to the Aiken County Health Department located at 222 Beaufort St. NE in Aiken for post-exposure treatment on the following date and times:
Thursday, February 14, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, February 15, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, February 16, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.