Second worker at Huntsville eatery tests positive for Hepatitis A

Customers of Family Place Restaurant in Huntsville may consider getting vaccinated

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) says another food handler at a Huntsville restaurant has tested positive for Hepatitis A.

This second employee of the Family Place Restaurant and Pizza has the SMDHU asking customers to think back to when they were at the eatery; SMDHU strongly recommends that anyone who worked at, dined or had takeout from the restaurant on the following times and dates receive the Hepatitis A vaccine:

  • Thursday March 12th, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Friday March 13th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday March 15th, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Immunization will be offered by appointment only. Call 1-877-721-7520 ext. 8827 to make an appointment.

“As a precaution, exposed people should monitor for signs and symptoms for 50 days,” said Dr. Colin Lee, Associate Medical Officer of Health. “The disease can result in a liver infection and can be a greater health risk for older adults and those with liver disease. The Hepatitis A vaccine is an effective protection against the disease.”

Related: Health Unit confirms a case of Hepatitis A at Family Place Restaurant and Pizza in Huntsville

A food handler first tested positive for the disease in early March. The Health Unit says the restaurant is working closely with the SMDHU on the investigation.