The recommended criteria for public notification of a hepatitis A virus (HAV) - infected foodhandler include assessment of the foodhandler's hygiene and symptoms.
In October 1994, a Kentucky health department received a report of a catering company foodhandler with hepatitis A. Patrons were not offered immune globulin because the foodhandler's hygiene was assessed to be good and he denied having diarrhea.
During early November, 29 cases of hepatitis A were reported among people who had attended an event catered by this company.
Two local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with two state heath departments, undertook an invest gation to determine the extent of the outbreak, to identify the foods and event characteristics associated with illness, and to investigate the apparent failure of the criteria for determining wher immune globulin (IG) should be offered to exposed members of the public.
Cases were IgM anti-HAV-positive people with onset of symptoms during October or November who had eaten foods prepared by the catering company.
To determine the outbreak's extent and factors associated with illness, the authors interviewed all case patients and the infected foodhandler and collected information on menus and other event characteristics. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Hépatite virale A, Virose, Infection, Transmission, Travailleur, Alimentation, Epidémiologie, Facteur risque, Homme, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Prévention, Appareil digestif pathologie, Foie pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Viral hepatitis A, Viral disease, Infection, Transmission, Worker, Feeding, Epidemiology, Risk factor, Human, United States, North America, America, Prevention, Digestive diseases, Hepatic disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0312863
Code Inist : 002B05C02G. Création : 16/11/1999.