Alert Regarding Hepatitis A

There has been a recent increase in the number of Hepatitis A (HAV) cases reported in the state of Georgia.  HAV is a highly contagious disease that affects the liver, and a person may have HAV several days before showing  any signs and symptoms.  Food service operators are asked to please ensure good hygienic practices are adhered to and that all workers are aware of employee health reporting requirements.   

The Hepatitis A fact sheet prepared by the Georgia Department of Public Health provides a good summary that may be utilized in food service establishments to assist with the education of staff members and to assist in monitoring.

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The Importance of Environmental Health to Public Health

Before National Public Health Week comes to a close, we’d like to highlight how Environmental Health works along with Epidemiology and the Laboratory (as well as other agencies when warranted) to help in the area of disease prevention and control.  Environmental Health is involved with assessments of food service facilities, onsite waste systems, tourist accommodations, swimming pools, nuisance complaints and so much more, in addition to the investigation of reports of diseases connected to these regulated areas. The CDC’s video entitled Why Are Environmental Health Services So Important?  does a great job of illustrating our program’s role in protecting public health. 

Thank you for your support!   

~ Karen Gulley, MPH, Food Program Manager