UPDATE: Hundreds line up for hepatitis vaccine after Bronx scare

The New Hawaii Sea restaurant at 1475 Williamsbridge Rd. in the Bronx. Via Google Street View
Five cases of hepatitis A have been reported at the New Hawaii Sea restaurant at 1475 Williamsbridge Road in the Bronx.
Credit: Google Street View

UPDATE: A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the people who were potentially exposed to Hepatitis A at the New Hawaii Sea Restaurant.

Hundreds of people turned up for vaccinations at a health clinic Saturday after five cases of hepatitis A at a Bronx restaurant caused Health Department officials to urge other patrons to seek medical attention.

A team from the Medical Reserve Corps was dispatched to cope with demand. Within two hours of opening their doors, they had administered about 400 vaccinations with hundreds more people still waiting their turn, DNAinfo reported.

One employee and four patrons at New Hawaii Sea Restaurant in the Bronx have reportedly been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

The New York City Health Department is warning people who ate at the restaurant’s 1475 Williamsbridge Road location between Sept. 7 and Sept. 19 to get a hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible. The disease can be prevented if people are vaccinated within 14 days of exposure.

They said those who consumed food from the restaurant through catering or delivery should also seek a vaccine, and all leftover food should be discarded immediately.

The health department is providing hepatitis A vaccines starting Saturday, Sept. 21 at Herbert Lehman High School at 3000 East Tremont Avenue in the Bronx. Vaccines will be available from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and provided for free for anyone without health insurance.

Pregnant women are not eligible for the health department’s hepatitis A vaccine and are advised to contact their doctor. People with immune-compromising conditions are advised to contact their doctor as well.

Hepatitis A is contracted by consuming food contaminated by someone with the infection. Symptoms of a hepatitis A infection include jaundice, fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea. People typically develop symptoms about one month after being infected, the health department said, though it can be as soon as 15 days or take as long as 50 days.

“This incident serves as an important reminder to always wash your hands thoroughly before handling food to prevent the spread of disease,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley.

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels Kansas concert, condition unknown,…

Singer Miley Cyrus was hospitalized on Tuesday night after suffering what is believed to be 'a severe allergic reaction' to antibiotics medication. The 21-year-old Bangerz…

News

Explosions in new Boston Marathon bomb panic, 'twisted'…

A fresh Boston Marathon terror alert, which caused Bomb Squad officers to order an evacuation while two controlled explosions were carried out, was today being…

National

Reddit boosts news capabilities in social media turf…

By Jennifer SabaNEW YORK (Reuters) - Reddit, a website with a retro-'90s look and space-alien mascot that tracks everything from online news to celebrity Q&As,…

Local

New York joins accord to strengthen popular vote…

New York State joined a nationwide effort that would gives the state's 29 electoral votes for president to the candidate who wins the national popular vote.

Entertainment

Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels Kansas concert, condition unknown,…

Singer Miley Cyrus was hospitalized on Tuesday night after suffering what is believed to be 'a severe allergic reaction' to antibiotics medication. The 21-year-old Bangerz…

Television

'Orphan Black's' Jordan Gavaris talks Felix's Season 2…

Jordan Gavaris plays heroically helpful foster sibling Felix to main clone Sarah on "Orphan Black." We talked to him about what’s ahead for him in…

Going Out

Accomplice Tour: New York (Spoiler Alert)

When I signed up for the Accomplice show tour, I had no idea what I was in for. But every grimy job comes with a great reward.

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, April 15: 'New Girl,'…

'New Girl' Nick and Jess are hiding their breakup from the other loft residents. And Winston passes the police academy exam! That guy needed some…

NBA

Nets miss chance to clinch No. 5 seed…

Nets head coach Jason Kidd expressed little concern after a 109-98 loss to the Knicks, but others seemed to disagree.

NFL

Jets confident despite Chris Johnson leaving with no…

Jets fans clamored for a playmaker on offense all offseason. It looked like they were going to land that player on Tuesday when Chris Johnson…

NBA

Knicks, Nets rivalry never materialized despite national attention

When the NBA schedule was released, the league anticipated an intense rivalry between the Nets and Knicks with all four games slated for national TV.

NBA

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could…

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could the Mavericks surprise?

Home

Steal home decorating tips from Nattystyle blogger Natalie…

Despite the towering ceilings and enviable exposed brick, it’s easy to see how Natalie Decleve’s apartment could be considered a challenge. Perched above the streets…

Home

How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…

Style

Personalize your massage at a private practice

CityTouch customizes spa treatments to meet client's needs.

Style

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show moving to England

It will still broadcast on CBS this fall.