Casino hep­ati­tis alert

The West Australian - - NEWS -

Au­thor­i­ties have warned re­cent din­ers at Syd­ney’s Sokyo res­tau­rant could be at risk of con­tract­ing hep­ati­tis A af­ter a food han­dler was di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease.

A staff mem­ber of the Ja­panese res­tau­rant, in the Star casino com­plex, was be­lieved to have be­come in­fected while hol­i­day­ing over­seas, NSW Health said.

It said the risk of in­fec­tion was low but any­one who dined there between Septem­ber 20 and Oc­to­ber 8 should visit a GP.

The NSW Food Author­ity con­firmed pro­cesses and hy­giene sys­tems at Sokyo are ro­bust and the res­tau­rant will con­tinue op­er­at­ing un­in­ter­rupted.

“There is a safe and ef­fec­tive hep­ati­tis A vac­cine avail­able through GPs for those who are wor­ried,” NSW Health di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases Vicky Shep­peard said.

“But the hep­ati­tis A vac­ci­na­tion is not con­sid­ered nec­es­sary on the ba­sis of this low-risk exposure.”

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