Star restau­rant Sokyo’s hep A scare

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - The Everest - SALLY RAWSTHORNE

PUB­LIC health of­fi­cials are warn­ing din­ers at one of Syd­ney’s top Ja­panese restau­rants that they may have been ex­posed to hep­ati­tis A af­ter a staff mem­ber con­tracted the in­fec­tion on a re­cent hol­i­day.

Vis­i­tors to Sokyo restau­rant at The Star who ate there in late Septem­ber or early Oc­to­ber should visit their GP if they are con­cerned, said NSW di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases Dr Vicky Shep­peard.

While there is no cure for hep­ati­tis A, the risk of con­tract­ing it is low and there is no on­go­ing risk.

“There is a safe and ef­fec­tive hep­ati­tis A vac­cine avail­able through GPs for those who are wor­ried,” Dr Shep­peard said. “But the hep­ati­tis A vac­ci­na­tion is not con­sid­ered nec­es­sary on the ba­sis of this low-risk ex­po­sure.”

The restau­rant con­tin­ues to op­er­ate un­in­ter­rupted, with no on­go­ing risk to din­ers.

“NSW Health is grate­ful for the co-op­er­a­tion of Sokyo while as­sess­ing the sit­u­a­tion,” added Dr Shep­peard.

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