MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — Thousands of Papa John’s customers in Charlotte may have been exposed to Hepatitis A, according to health officials.
Officials say the manager at the Papa John’s Pizza at Cambridge Commons Drive in east Charlotte was recently diagnosed with Hepatitis A.
Customer after customer went to the restaurant returning pizzas and asking for refunds after they were told of the outbreak.
The manager would not make a comment but health officials said a manager who made the pizzas contracted the disease while overseas.
They believe customers who ordered food from March 24 to April 7 may have been exposed.
There were about 2,400 orders were made during that time.
“Particularly, if you had a Papa John’s pizza on March 28 or 29, you need to get in right away and get a vaccine,” said Health Director Marcus Plescia.
He said people have 14 days from the time to exposure to get a vaccine, otherwise it isn’t effective.
Plescia said the Health Department does regular inspections of the restaurant and he believes workers exercise good hygiene which may protect people from hepatitis A exposure.
“The only hepatitis case we know about right now is this Papa John’s employee,” Plescia said.
There are 5,000 vaccinations being ordered.
Symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, joint pain and jaundice and appear anywhere from two to six weeks after exposure and last two months, but can last longer.