Utah Hepatitis A Attorney

Have You Been Infected With Hepatitis
A In Utah?

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If you or someone you know has been infected with the recent Hepatitis A outbreak in Utah from a business establishment, restaurant, or gas station, call Lance Bingham Law to speak with an experienced attorney specializing in Hepatitis A litigations. The food safety and Hepatitis A attorneys at Lance Bingham Law have extensive knowledge in class action lawsuits regarding food safety negligence and serve all cities and counties in Utah. Our Hepatitis A lawyers will travel to see you at your home or the hospital because they understand the difficulty of having to deal with a foodborne illness.

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What Is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a contagious disease that spreads from person-to-person and is the only common foodborne disease preventable by vaccine. Hepatitis A can be spread through fecal-oral contact, generally from person-to-person or from contaminated food or water. In cases of contaminated food,the most common transmission occurs when an infected person is responsible for preparing or cooking the food.  It is one of five hepatitis viruses that infect the liver. Once infected, Hepatitis A can also be spread among family members, roommates, through sexual contact, drinking contaminated water and by consuming raw or undercooked fruits and vegetables. 

Hepatitis A Symptoms

Symptoms of Hepatitis A usually develop between 2 and 6 weeks after infection. The symptoms are usually not too severe and can go away on their own, over time. The most common symptoms are as follows:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Low-grade fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rash
  • Fatigue
  • Jaundice
  • Urine is dark brown color
  • Pain in area of liver

In most people, symptoms usually last less than two months, however, they can sometimes last up to six months. Most patients fully recover.

In the most severe cases, an acute Hepatitis A case can develop into Fulminant Hepatitis A in which the toxins from the Hepatitis virus kill liver cells (around ¾ of the liver’s total cells), and the liver begins to die.  Half of the patients with this condition require an immediate liver transplant to avoid death.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to the Hepatitis A outbreak in Utah or contracted the virus, please contact our personal injury Hepatitis A attorneys today.

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Health officials in both Utah County and Salt Lake County are warning Utahns of an ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak, a highly contagious virus.

The Hepatitis A outbreak in Utah began in August 2017, according to an emailed statement from the Salt Lake County Health Department. Since then, the virus has been found in at least three public business locations in Utah, including Olive Garden and 7-Eleven.

Who Is At Risk?

People who have visited the following locations in Utah County and Salt Lake County on particular dates are at risk of Hepatitis A exposure:

Due to the nature of the virus, only those who used the restrooms or consumed food items at these locations are at risk. Any customers who consumed only packaged or bottled foods or drinks are not at risk of Hepatitis A exposure. If you or someone you know has contracted the virus from any of the contaminated public businesses in Utah, speak with our Utah Hepatitis A attorneys at Lance Bingham Law today.

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