Possible hepatitis contamination linked to local restaurant
The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is alerting patrons of the Cheesecake Factory, 330 North Milwaukee, Boise, that they may have been exposed to hepatitis A if they dined at the restaurant between December 13, 2011 and January 22, 2012.
An employee working there was confirmed as having the disease, but is no longer infectious. The risk to public health is extremely low because the employee was not involved in food preparation. Still, there is the possibility that patrons could have been exposed to hepatitis A.
There is no evidence of a hepatitis A outbreak associated with this restaurant. Still, if patrons are exhibiting any symptoms of hepatitis, and they had food or drink at this restaurant between December 13, 2011 and January 22, 2012, they should contact their medical provider. In addition, everyone potentially exposed should continue to wash their hands thoroughly to avoid the possibility of infecting others.
The Cheesecake Factory has fully cooperated with the investigation into the situation. The employee is believed to have practiced good hand hygiene. The risk of exposure is considered very small, but not zero.