Health Department: 5,000 People May Be Affected From Hepatitis A at Red Robin

By Lindsay Clein

Published 05/21 2014 04:03PM

Updated 07/17 2014 05:29PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department says they received a report of Hepatitis A in a food service worker and they predict nearly 5,000 people may have been affected.

According to Kevin Gipson with the Heath Department, an employee at Red Robin on S. Glenstone Ave. has Hepatitis A.

Clinics have been set up for anyone who has eaten at that Red Robin from May 8-16 at Remington’s (1655 W. Republic Rd.) on Thursday, May 22, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Friday, May 23, from 7 a.m.-12 p.m.  The Health Department says while the clinic is open to the public, they recommend individuals who are pregnant or have compromised immune systems contact their doctor for guidance.

Mercy will have vaccinations available from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Monday (May 24-26) at Mercy's Smith Glynn Callaway-Suite 170 at 3231 S. National Ave., in Springfield.  

Symptoms of Hepatitis A include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite and discolored urine. The incubation period for the disease is 28-30 days and vaccinations need to be taken within 14 days.

The Health Department has ordered 4,000 doses of the vaccine, which is in transit from Memphis. 

The Health Department is considering this a significant health threat, however they say an important thing to remember is that people are now commonly vaccinated for Hepatitis A.

A statement from Red Robin says the worker has not been in the restaurant since May 16, and will not return to work until they have been granted medical clearance.

Anyone with questions can contact a Springfield-Greene County Health Department hotline at 417-829-6200.

It will be staffed from:

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, May 21
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 22
7 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 23


Copyright 2015 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.