Case of hepatitis A confirmed in a food handler working at two Edmonton restaurants inside Edmonton International Airport

YELLOWKNIFE – 18 October 2023. The Chief Public Health Officer is issuing a public health advisory related to a case of hepatitis A confirmed in a food handler working at two Edmonton restaurants inside Edmonton International Airport.

Any NWT individuals who consumed food or drink purchased from the locations mentioned below between the dates and times may have been exposed to hepatitis A.

Belgian Beer Café (1000 Airport Rd, Edmonton International Airport)

  • October 5 – 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. MST
  • October 7 – 4:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. MST
  • October 8 – 4:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. MST
  • October 11 – 4:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. MST
  • October 12 – 1:00 – 8:00 p.m. MST

Boston Pizza (1000 Airport Rd, Edmonton International Airport)

  • October 1 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. MST
  • October 7 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. MST
  • October 8 – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. MST

The NWT Chief Public Health Officer is recommending that those who are unimmunized or partially immunized against hepatitis A to present to local public health or their health centre to assess their risk and receive timely immunization. It is preferable that clients present within 14 days after an exposure to minimize their risk of contracting hepatitis A. However, late presenters are also encouraged to seek advice.

Monitor for Symptoms:

Anyone who believes they may have been exposed is also advised to monitor for symptoms of hepatitis A for up to 50 days after they last ate at either restaurant, as illness can occur from 15 to 50 days after exposure. Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver caused by a virus.

Symptoms include tiredness, poor appetite, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, dark-coloured urine, light-coloured stools, and yellowing of eyes and skin. Some people, especially young children, may get hepatitis A infection without noticing any symptoms; however, they are still infectious to others.
 

For more information, contact:

Andrew Wind
A/Manager Communications
Health and Social Services
Andrew_Wind@gov.nt.ca