Health Officials Warn of Hepatitis A Outbreak at Bronx Restaurant

Customers at New Hawaii Sea restaurant in the Bronx are urged to get vaccinated

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    The Health Department is urging customers who ate food from a Bronx restaurant to get a vaccine for hepatitis A as soon as possible. Checkey Beckford reports. (Published Friday, Sep 20, 2013)

    The Health Department is urging customers who ate food from a Bronx restaurant to get a vaccine for hepatitis A as soon as possible.

    Officials say a worker and four customers at New Hawaii Sea, a Chinese and Japanese eatery in the Westchester Village section, have been infected with hepatitis A. 

    Customers who've eaten food from the restaurant between Sept. 7 and Sept. 19 are urged to get a hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible. People typically develop symptoms of hepatitis A about one month after they're exposed, but can prevent the disease if they're vaccinated within 14 days of exposure. 

    Hepatitis A is spread by eating food that has been contaminated by an infected person. Symptoms include jaundice, fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea. 

    The restaurant is closed while workers get vaccinated, leaving some regular customers who showed up Friday worried.

    "We came here like two weeks ago. You hear that, you get scared," said Chrissy England. 

    John Niccolls said he never expected the restaurant to be the center of an outbreak.

    "It's pretty popular around here," he said. 

    England says the restaurant had recently renovated and "cleaned it up a lot." 

    New Hawaiian Sea received a B grade in its last Health Department inspection in May, but received critical contamination violations as recently as last year. 

    Checkey Beckford contributed to this report. 

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