Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Health Services Says Volunteer at Christmas Dinner Had Hepatitis A

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Health Services Says Volunteer at Christmas Dinner Had Hepatitis A

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Volunteer at Christmas dinner had hepatitis A

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WETASKIWIN, Alta. - Alberta Health Services says a volunteer at a Christmas dinner was infectious with hepatitis A.

The government says guests who attended the Wetaskiwin Mission Church dinner on Dec. 20 may have been exposed to the virus.

Officials say the risk to the public is low, but advise anyone who attended the dinner to monitor themselves and family for symptoms until Feb. 7.

Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver and people primarily contract the virus through direct contact with an infected person and also by eating or drinking contaminated food or water.

Symptoms may include tiredness, poor appetite, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain and fever, followed by dark-coloured urine, light-coloured stools and yellowing of eyes and skin several days later. …

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