Potential Hepatitis A incident linked to Galatoire’s restaurant

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (BRPROUD)- The Louisiana Office of Public Health is investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A virus infections in Louisiana.

One case has been linked to Galatoire’s Restaurant in the French Quarter.

A statement was issued by the restaurant:

“It was recently brought to our attention by the Louisiana Department of Health of a potential incident dating from early to mid-August.

Consistent with our own high standards, we embraced the assistance of the Department of Health and together outlined steps Galatoire’s could take to be as responsive as possible for our team and our guests. We acted on the Office’s recommendations immediately.

Galatoire’s underwent a standard inspection by the Department of Health and passed with high marks, as we normally do.

We asked about any additional activities we could take in situations like these. The Department of Health recommended a state program that is available to vaccinate all employees, which we immediately agreed to and administered.

Galatoire’s protocols protecting both our guests and staff are extensive and stronger than ever.

In our discussions with state public health officials and other medical professionals, we understand that cases like these are on the rise in Louisiana and nationally. We encourage anyone with questions about public health issues to contact the Louisiana Department of Health for more information.

For more information on Hepatitis A cases in Louisiana see here from the Department of Health: https://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/3518.”

The CDC says Hepatitis A is a highly-contagious liver infection that’s spread through blood or stool.

No details have been released on how many people were sickened or the source of the infection.

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