Mexican restaurant employee infected with hepatitis; vaccine offered to guests

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – The City of Roanoke and Alleghany Health Districts (RCAHD) are offering the hepatitis A vaccine to people who ate at a Mexican restaurant in Roanoke during a series of specific dates.

On May 23, RCAHD received a report from an infected employee of Tuco’s Taqueria Garaje at 416 Salem Avenue in Roanoke, and dispatched a team to perform an inspection and interviews. RCAHD says the restaurant’s management team is cooperating fully with the investigation and has determined that there is no significant risk of public exposure, since the employee did not directly handle the food.

The City of Roanoke Health Department is offering the Hepatitis A vaccine to anyone who ate at Tuco between May 3-15, 2022. Hepatitis A vaccines will be available on a first come, first served, while supplies last at the Roanoke Health Department, 2nd floor, 1502 Williamson Road:

Thursday May 26, 3-6 p.m.

Friday May 27, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Friday, May 27, 1-4 p.m.

“While we are saddened to report another case linked to a current outbreak of hepatitis A in our region, we believe this potential exposure poses a low risk to the public. Still, the hepatitis A vaccine is recommended. for all and may be available from your provider or pharmacist. Uninsured or underinsured individuals are encouraged to contact local RCAHD Health Departments for vaccination opportunities,” said the RCAHD Health Director , Dr. Cynthia Morrow.

“Once we learned of it from the health department, we immediately notified staff and took all precautions suggested by the health department,” Perry Restaurant Group said in a statement to WDBJ7. They add that the employee has not worked at the restaurant for two weeks.

This incident follows a similar recent exposure at Luigi’s restaurant in Roanoke, as well as an outbreak involving an employee at Famous Anthony restaurants.

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