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After Second Hepatitis-A Case, State Offers Vaccines

About 100 people between Friday and Saturday turned up at Bow High School for Hepatitis-A vaccines.  They were offered by the state after a second employee at the Covered Bridge Restaurant in Contoocook tested positive for the disease.  Rick Cricentidirects Emergency Services for the Department of Health and Human Services  He says the agency reached out to more people than those who were at the restaurant when the first infected employee was working.

“This worker was a caterer on the side and did a catering stop at another, private party of over a hundred people, and a lot of those people have been here too, and that was in another part of New Hampshire," Cricenti says.  "And the people who attended that party were a broad geographic distribution.”

The Department stresses the transmission risk for Hepatitis-A is low, and the vaccines were a preventive measure.  Crecenti says no one beyond the two restaurant workers has tested positive for the disease.  He says unlike Hepatitis-C, the A strain is not a life-long disease.  

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