Hepatitis A warning issued to patrons of Sokyo restaurant

NSW Health has issued a warning to customers of Sokyo restaurant at The Star casino complex in Sydney that a staff member has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.
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Dr Vicky Sheppeard, the director of communicable diseases at NSW Health, said patrons may have been exposed to hepatitis A if they dined at the Japanese restaurant during the evening of September 20-24, 26, 27 and 29, October 2 and October 4-8.

She also said patrons should visit their GP if concerned.

“There is a safe and effective hepatitis A vaccine available through GPs for those who are worried,” Dr Sheppeard said. “But the hepatitis A vaccination is not considered necessary on the basis of this low-risk exposure.”

A food handler is believed to have acquired the infection during an overseas holiday.

A staff member at Sokyo restaurant has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. Photo: Supplied

However, the case is not related to the ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A in Sydney, which led authorities to investigate potentially contaminated food after 12 cases were confirmed.

Sokyo continues to operate after the NSW Food Authority advised the restaurant’s processes and hygiene systems were robust.

Hepatitis A is caused by a virus that spreads in contaminated food and water or through poor hygiene.

Symptoms can include vomiting, fever, nausea, yellowing of the skin, dark urine and pale stools. The disease may cause infections and damage the liver.

“Most people with hepatitis A in catch the infection overseas, through eating contaminated food, drinking contaminated water or coming into direct contact, including sexual contact, with an infectious person,” Dr Sheppeard said.

Sokyo has been approached for comment.

Sokyo patrons are advised to contact their local public health unit on 1300 066 055 or their GP if they have any questions or concerns.

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