TN Dept. of Health responds to viewer concerns over possible hepatitis A case in Johnson City

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- News Channel 11 has had dozens of viewers reach out through social media and phone calls, concerned about a possible case of Hepatitis A at a Johnson City restaurant. 

These concerns come just one day after health department officials in Sullivan County confirmed an employee at the McAlister’s Deli in Kingsport was diagnosed with acute hepatitis A.

News Channel 11 made several attempts to reach out to the Tennessee Department of Health on Wednesday.

In an e-mail response from the Director of Communication & Media Relations Shelley Walker, she said in part, “We do investigate hepatitis A cases associated with Tennessee food service establishment workers to determine if there is a threat to public health. If we determine there are any health concerns for the public, TDH along with local and state partners takes appropriate actions to reduce the spread of hepatitis A.”

Walker also said that they are “not providing case counts for smaller counties as the numbers are so small doing so could potentially lead to identification of the patients.” 

News Channel 11 also reached out to management at the Johnson City restaurant that viewers had questions about. We were told they had “no comment.” 

Stay with News Channel 11 as we continue to follow this developing story. 

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