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3rd person dies after hepatitis A outbreak in Montgomery County; Italian restaurant closed

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) - A third person has died after an outbreak of hepatitis A in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, according to health officials.

Montgomery County officials are investigating Gino's Restaurant in West Norriton to determine if it was linked to the outbreak.


The Montgomery County Office of Public Health closed the restaurant on Jan. 7, but Gino's has not been confirmed to be the source of the outbreak.

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More than 12 hepatitis A cases are currently under investigation and seven people are still in the hospital.

A lawyer for Gino's questioned the county's investigation, pointing out that no staff at the restaurant have tested positive for hepatitis A.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has provided this information about hepatitis A:

"Hepatitis A is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV), which varies in severity from mild infection lasting a few weeks to serious illness lasting several months. Hepatitis A usually spreads when a Hepatitis A can also spread from close personal contact with an infected person, such as through sex or caring for someone who is ill. . "


Signs and symptoms of hepatitis A may include the following:
  • Clay stools
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)

This is the latest hepatitis A warning from Delaware Valley health officials in recent years.

In November, a Starbucks in Camden County, New Jersey was the center of a hepatitis A study.

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