Streets Cleaners Safety

Hepatitis A —  a curable but highly contagious and debilitating liver disease — is primarily caused by a virus transmitted by the so-called fecal-oral route.

By mid-October, the number of reported cases in Philadelphia had surged to 360, according to city health officials. A typical year brings two to six cases.

https://whyy.org/articles/feces-and-needles-jumping-in-the-air-city-street-cleaners-want-better-safety-gear/

By Aaron Moselle

Hepatitis A Response

Addiction and homelessness is a major dilemma in Kensington, Philadelphia, and those directly affected have very limited access to basic resources like restrooms. So when Hepatitis A broke out across the neighborhood, the city of Philadelphia installed public restrooms equipped with toilets, running water, attendants, and Narcan. Host Shirley Min heads to Kensington to take a look at the initiative, and meets Jacelyn Blank, a mother and resident, who contracted Hep-A while planting trees and tending a community garden.

https://whyy.org/episodes/combatting-disease-in-kensington/

By Shirley Min

Kensington Public Toilets

Philadelphia health officials first sounded the alarm for Hepatitis A in July. The number of cases citywide, about 30 annually, had quintupled in the last two years. Most at risk are people who are battling homelessness and drug addiction, according to health department data.

https://billypenn.com/2019/09/26/public-toilets-and-sinks-are-installed-in-kensington-and-were-vandalized-on-the-first-day/

By Michaela Winberg

Hepatitis A at Kensington Donut Shop

Release

https://www.phila.gov/2019-09-19-health-department-warns-of-potential-hepatitis-a-exposure/

CBS3

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has issued a warning of possible hepatitis A exposure after a Kensington doughnut shop worker tested positive for the infection. Health officials say the employee works at Yumcious Donuts at 3001 Kensington Ave.

Philadelphia Health Officials Warn Of Possible Hepatitis A Exposure At Kensington Doughnut Shop

By Staff

NBC10

The city health department says the risk of Hepatitis A infection is “very low,” but still recommended that people who purchased or ate doughnuts from the shop during the two-week period get a Hep A vaccine as soon as possible.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/health/Doughnut-Shop-Hepatitis-A-Exposure-560790081.html

By Dan Stamm

6ABC

People who have already had two doses of the vaccine, or have had hepatitis in the past, do not been to be vaccinated, officials said.

“People who need hepatitis A vaccine should contact their healthcare provider’s office or visit a pharmacy to receive vaccine,” officials said in a news release.

https://6abc.com/health/officials-warn-of-possible-hepatitis-a-exposure-in-kensington-/5552426/

By Staff

PhillyVoice

Potential exposure to customers would have fallen between the dates of Aug. 20 and Sept. 4. Those who have not had at least two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine in the past are advised to get vaccinated. Those who have had Hepatitis A previously do not need to be vaccinated.

https://www.phillyvoice.com/kensington-hepatitis-a-exposure-philly-health-department-warning/

By Michael Tanenbaum

Inquirer

The person worked at Yumcious Donuts at 3001 Kensington Ave., officials said. Anyone who bought doughnuts there or at a Quick Stop at the same address between Aug. 20 and Sept. 4 should get vaccinated “as soon as possible,” Philadelphia’s health department said in a statement.

https://www.inquirer.com/health/hepatitis-a-case-vaccine-kensington-donut-shop-20190919.html

By Aubrey Whelan

Patch

While the risk of Hepatitis A infection is very low, the Health Department recommends that people who purchased donuts from Yumcious or the Quick Stop location at the same address between Tuesday, Aug. 20 and Wednesday, Sept. 4, receive Hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible.

https://patch.com/pennsylvania/philadelphia/food-service-worker-has-hepatitis-philly-health-department

By Max Bennett

Juniata News

The Health Department is also offering Hepatitis A vaccine at McPherson Square Park on Thursday, September 19th and Tues, September, 24th from 10am to 2pm.  If you need assistance getting Hepatitis A vaccine, contact the health department at 215-685-6741 during business hours (Monday–Friday 8:30am–5:00pm).

https://juniatanewsphilly.com/2019/09/19/health-department-warns-of-potential-hepatitis-a-exposure-from-a-food-worker-in-kensington/

by Tom Lineman

Hep A Update

The number of confirmed cases this year stood at 196 as of last Friday, said Dr. Steven Alles, Philadelphia’s director of disease control. Typically, the city sees two to six cases per year. Several more possible cases are being investigated.

There is not one particular hot spot of infection in Philly. “We are seeing cases presented from all over the city,” Alles told Metro. Most of the cases are in people who report using drugs or being homeless. But in a third of the infections, risk factors are unknown.

https://www.metro.us/news/local-news/philadelphia/no-end-sight-hepatitis-emergency-philadelphia

By Michael Martin

Hep A Clinic at McPherson

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is dealing with a case of hepatitis A in Kensington, and the agency is offering free vaccines this week.

People and some beat cops lined up to get their shots at a table the health department set up at the edge of McPherson Park Tuesday. Some said they were reluctant.

https://kywnewsradio.radio.com/articles/news/hepatitis-case-prompts-health-dept-urge-vaccination

By Paul Kurtz

Hep A in a Food Handler in Kensington

Release

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has recently confirmed that a person who works at the Imperial Kitchen, located at 3164 Frankford Avenue has acute Hepatitis A. While the risk of Hepatitis A infection is very low, the Health Department recommends that people who purchased food from Imperial Kitchen between Sunday, July 21st and Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 receive Hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible. People who have previously received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine OR have had Hepatitis A in the past do not need to be vaccinated.

https://www.phila.gov/2019-08-16-health-department-warns-of-potential-hepatitis-a-exposure-in-kensington/

Inquirer

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health on Friday said a worker at Imperial Kitchen, located at 3164 Frankford Ave., near E. Allegheny Avenue, was confirmed to have hepatitis A. The liver infection is spread through oral contact with infected feces — usually when an infected person does not thoroughly wash their hands after using the bathroom and then prepares food.

By Sarah Gantz

https://www.inquirer.com/health/hepatitis-a-outbreak-kensington-imperial-kitchen-20190816.html

Philly Voice

Health officials urged patrons of Imperial Kitchen, located at 3164 Frankford Ave., to receive a Hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible. They recently confirmed a food worker there has acute Hepatitis A, a liver virus that is be transmitted through contaminated food or water.

https://www.phillyvoice.com/hepatitis-a-expsoure-philadelphia-kensington-imperial-kitchen/

By Jon Kopp

CBS3

The health department is now recommending people who purchased food from Imperial Kitchen between Sunday, July 21 and Tuesday, Aug. 6 to get vaccinated. People who have previously received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine or have had Hepatitis A in the past do not need to be vaccinated.

https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/08/16/philadelphia-health-officials-warn-of-possible-hepatitis-a-exposure-at-kensington-chinese-takeout-restaurant/

By Staff