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Second Employee Tests Positive For Hepatitis A At Contoocook Restaurant

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Todd Bookman
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NHPR

A second employee at a Contoocook restaurant has tested positive for Hepatitis A, prompting state health officials to open vaccination clinics.

The bartender worked only two days at the Covered Bridge Restaurant: on August 13th and August 20th.  

Public Health Director Jose Montero says an estimated 100 to 200 people may have been exposed, though the risk of transmission is small.

"This is a really low-risk situation, I want to over-emphasize that," says Montero. "We are doing this just as a preventive measure."

The state will offer vaccines at Bow High School Friday from 5 to 8 pm, and Saturday morning from 9 am until 12:00 pm.

Last month, a different bartender at the restaurant tested positive. The state says the two cases are linked.

No customers have contracted the illness.

Todd started as a news correspondent with NHPR in 2009. He spent nearly a decade in the non-profit world, working with international development agencies and anti-poverty groups. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

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