Update: Papa Murphy's Issues Statement Regarding Hepatitis Scare

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Updated: 5/03/2013 2:19 pm
Local health officials say customers of Papa Murphy’s in Chubbuck may have been exposed to Hepatitis A on April 19th , 20th, or 21st, as an employee there was confirmed on May 2nd as having the disease.

Currently, there is no evidence of a hepatitis A outbreak associated with Papa Murphy’s in Chubbuck.

Officials say while the risk to public health is low, the possibility exists that Papa Murphy’s customers could have been exposed to hepatitis A.

Papa Murphy's issued the following statement Friday regarding the outbreak, "Papa Murphy’s is working in full cooperation with the Health Department. There have been no reported cases of Hepatitis from other employees or guests that have purchased products from the Chubbuck location. All Papa Murphy’s stores follow good hand washing hygiene procedures and wear gloves when preparing products and serving guests."
The Chubbuck store will be closed Friday, May 3, for a full store cleaning, and will reopen on Saturday, May 4.

Southeastern Idaho Public Health is recommending that those persons who are not immune to hepatitis A (due to previous vaccination or previous illness) and who have eaten uncooked food (for example, uncooked cookie dough, uncooked pizza toppings, or salad) from Papa Murphy’s in Chubbuck on April 20th or 21st receive hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin (IG) immediately. In addition, anyone who has consumed uncooked food from Papa Murphy’s in Chubbuck from April 6th-April 18th should contact their medical provider if they are exhibiting any symptoms of hepatitis (please see below).

Please consider the following when deciding to call to make an appointment:

• If you consumed uncooked food from Papa Murphy’s in Chubbuck on April 19th, 20th, or 21st, you can benefit from the vaccine, which is very effective in preventing illness, but you must get the vaccination immediately. The vaccine is recommended for children and adults from the ages of 12 months to 40 years of age who are not pregnant, immune-compromised or have chronic liver disease.

• If you are over 40 years of age, pregnant, immune-compromised, have chronic liver disease or are an infant under 12 months of age, and ate uncooked food from Papa Murphy’s in Chubbuck on April 19th, 20th, or 21st, immune globulin (IG) is available for prevention of infections.

• Because neither the hepatitis A vaccine, nor the immune globulin, will protect you if you ate uncooked food from Papa Murphy’s between April 6th and April 19th you should watch for symptoms of hepatitis A (please see below). If you experience symptoms, please contact your medical provider.
Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. Hepatitis A can affect anyone. Hepatitis A virus is usually spread by eating or drinking food items that have been contaminated with hepatitis A from someone who hasn’t properly washed their hands after using the bathroom.
Symptoms usually occur abruptly and may include:

• Fever
• Loss of appetite
• Abdominal discomfort
• Jaundice (yellowing of the skin & eyes)
• Tiredness
• Nausea
• Dark urine

For more information on hepatitis A, please visit Southeastern Idaho Public Health’s website at www.siphidaho.org or call 234-5888.
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RxStudent - 5/4/2013 10:33 PM
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Yes, Hep A is usually not fatal and since most of us didn't eat the pizza raw, we should be fine. However, I do take issue with your argument against the vaccine. While it is true that this vaccine, as well as the chicken pox and MMR vaccine must be cultured in a living cell, there is no tissue involved. Any foreign tissue in your system would cause an extreme immune reaction that could result in death (hence the need for lifelong immunsuppressant agents with organ transplants). Yes, the original cells did come from an abortion in 1966, but since then, no further abortions have been necessary to culture the vaccine. Yes, thimerosal is present in some of these vaccines, but since the 90s, Hep A has been available as thimerosal free. As far as neomycin being nephrotoxic, yes, it can be, as can a million other agents, including ibuprofen and other commonly used NSAIDs. Unless you are pregnant, have an allergy to neomycin or certain other antibiotics classes, or existing kidney disease, this vaccine should be no issue. I agree, vaccinations should be a choice, but I felt like I needed to add some of the positives of vaccinations as well. They really are extremely safe and have saved many more lives than they've endangered. -A pharmacy student

wakeup - 5/3/2013 1:24 PM
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Whenever making a major health care decision for yourself or your child, especially one that involves use of a pharmaceutical product such as a vaccine, obtaining information from many different sources and consulting health care professionals you trust is important. Compare the effects of contracting the disease to the possible side effects of the vaccine: educate yourself. Hep A can cause an illness that lasts anywhere from a few weeks to a few months with symptoms including: Fatigue, Fever Nausea Appetite loss Jaundice Clay-coloured bowel movements Very low mortality rate. The Vaccine however is an injection full of toxins like aluminum, mrc-5 cellular proteins (did you know its derived from aborted fetus tissue?) Neomycin- used as an anti-bacterial. It is also nephrotoxic and can cause kidney damage I urge anyone to do you own research before heading to the doctor for a vaccine. there are resources everywhere in this day and age, become informed.
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