NSW health officials have issued a hepatitis A warning for diners at a top Sydney restaurant

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NSW Health has issued a warning for diners at top Sydney restaurant Sokyo, under the Darling hotel at The Star after a staff member was diagnosed with hepatitis A.

Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director of Communicable Diseases at NSW Health, said that while the risk of anyone developing the infection was considered low, the warning was being issued as a precautionary measure.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. The first symptoms are usually loss of appetite, nausea, fever and stomach pains, followed several days later by dark urine, pale stools and yellowing of the skin (jaundice).

Dr Sheppeard said anyone who dined at Sokyo on the dates below may have been exposed and should visit their GP if they have any concerns: ​20-24 September; 26 and 27 September; 29 September to 2 October; 4-8 October.

“There is a safe and effective hepatitis A vaccine available through GPs for those who are worried,” she said.

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

There’s no specific treatment for hep A. But two doses of the vaccine, six months apart, provides lifetime protection.

Authorities believe a food handler acquired the infection a recent overseas holiday, and the case is not related to the ongoing outbreak of hep A in Sydney.

“Most people with hepatitis A in Australia catch the infection overseas, through eating contaminated food, drinking contaminated water or coming into direct contact, including sexual contact, with an infectious person,” Dr Sheppeard said.

The NSW Food Authority said the restaurant was “robust” about hygiene, will continue to operate uninterrupted and there were no ongoing concerns.

The NSW Health website for more information about hep A.

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