Avner Ziv

State officers are warning individuals who might have patronized a tour boat firm in Boothbay Harbor in late August and early this month about doable publicity to an infectious virus.

A meals service employee on the firm, Cap’n Fish’s Boothbay Harbor Boat Journeys, has been identified with an acute case of hepatitis A, a contagious liver illness with signs that may vary from gentle sickness to a extreme illness that requires hospitalization and might final a number of months, the Maine Heart for Illness Management and Prevention mentioned Saturday in an announcement.

“The person ready meals whereas infectious from August 18, 2019, by means of September 8, 2019,” the state company mentioned within the launch. Anybody who ate, drank or labored on the enterprise on August 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, 29 and 30 “might have been uncovered however are outdoors the window for which a vaccine might assist stop sickness from this publicity.”

State officers are recommending the hepatitis A vaccine to anybody who visited the enterprise on September 2, 4, and 5. Individuals with compromised immune methods or dad and mom of kids youthful than 12 months previous ought to seek the advice of their well being care suppliers about receiving the vaccine, hepatitis A immune globulin.

“The vaccine is best inside 14 days of publicity to the virus,” the Maine CDC mentioned.

Most adults with hepatitis A have a sudden onset of signs equivalent to fatigue, low urge for food, abdomen ache, nausea, darkish urine and jaundice (yellowing of the pores and skin and eyes). Most kids youthful than 6 years previous should not have signs or have an unrecognized an infection. The easiest way to forestall hepatitis A an infection is to get vaccinated, state officers mentioned.

Hepatitis A might be unfold by means of contaminated meals or water, particularly in meals ready by an individual who’s contaminated, the company mentioned. Signs will start to indicate between 15 to 50 days after publicity to the virus. An contaminated particular person is infectious and might unfold the virus to others roughly two weeks earlier than his or her signs begin till one week after the signs finish.

Maine CDC is working with the tour boat firm and native well being care suppliers to inform individuals uncovered to the virus and to reduce threat of additional publicity, the company mentioned.

Extra data on hepatitis A might be discovered on-line at www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/index.htm.