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DHEC health facilities will treat potential Hepatitis A exposures on Tuesday

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The Hardee's in Lyman. (Sept. 18, 2015/FOX Carolina) The Hardee's in Lyman. (Sept. 18, 2015/FOX Carolina)
DUNCAN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) opened the doors of its Greenville and Spartanburg county health departments for a third day Monday to provide post-exposure treatment to people who might have been exposed to hepatitis A at two Hardee's restaurants in Spartanburg County. 

The restaurants are located at 12209 Greenville Highway in Lyman and 1397 E. Main St. in Duncan, according to DHEC.

Almost 2,400 people had received post-exposure treatment for hepatitis A as of Monday afternoon.

The Spartanburg and Greenville county health departments will again offer post-exposure treatments from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Customers and staff who had food or a drink at the restaurants between Aug. 31 and Sept. 15, 2015, and Sept. 1 and Sept. 13, 2015, could have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus.

"Our primary concern is protecting the health and safety of the community. If you did not eat at these restaurants during these dates, you are not at risk and do not need to receive post-exposure treatment. However, if you did eat at these restaurants during these dates you might be at risk of exposure," Dr. Anna-Kathryn Rye, medical consultant in DHEC's Bureau of Disease Control, said in the statement.

Rye recommended that customers and staff who as of Monday ate at the Lyman-area restaurant between Sept. 7 and Sept. 15, 2015, or the Duncan-area restaurant between Sept. 7 and Sept. 13, 2015, should receive post-exposure treatment for hepatitis A.

The agency warns anyone who ate at these Hardee's restaurants between these dates should watch for symptoms of infection, such as nausea, vomiting, and jaundice, which is yellowing of the eyes and skin. Seek medical care if symptoms develop.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection. The federal agency said the best way to prevent the infection is through a vaccination.

The CDC on its website lists signs and symptoms of infection include:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark urine
  • Clay-colored bowel movements
  • Joint pain
  • Jaundice

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