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Health Department Warns About Hepatitis A Exposure at Popular Restaurant in Port Chester

What to Know

  • Health officials are warning people who ate or drank at Port Chester's bartaco recently that they may have been exposed to Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis A affects the liver and symptoms include fever, fatigue, abdominal pain and even jaundice
  • Preventative treatment is only effective within two weeks of exposure, so anyone who dined at Bartaco recently is advised to seek help now

Health officials in Westchester County are sounding the alarm for recent customers at a popular Port Chester restaurant because they may have been exposed to a serious infection that is typically transmitted by consuming food or drinks that have been handled by an infected person.

Diners at bartaco on Willett Avenue are urged by officials to see a doctor because they may have been exposed to Hepatitis A, which affects the liver and can cause symptoms ranging from fever to fatigue, abdominal pain and jaundice.

Customers who ate or drank at the restaurant from Oct. 12 to Oct. 23 could have been exposed, according to health officials. They say an employee worked there while infected with the illness. 

Preventative treatment is only effective within two weeks of exposure, so anyone who ate at the restaurant since Oct. 12 is advised to seek treatment immediately. The Health Department said it will offer preventive treatment on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Friday from 12 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Patrons may also have been exposed to the virus from Aug. 22 to Oct. 11, authorities said. Although outside the two-week window, health officials said those customers are also advised to contact their health care provider immediately if they experience symptoms.

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