Potential hepatitis A exposure at Loudoun County restaurant

Señor Ramon Taqueria (FOX 5 DC)

Diners at a restaurant in Sterling may have potentially been exposed to hepatitis A after an employee was diagnosed with the disease earlier this week, Virginia health officials confirmed Thursday.

According to the Virginia Department of Health, a Señor Ramon employee has been diagnosed with the virus and as a result, individuals who may have eaten at the restaurant, which is located at 22455 Davis Drive, may have been exposed to hepatitis A from July 10 through July 26. 

Officials say management at the restaurant contacted the Loudoun County Health Department about the situation and have been fully complying with their requests. 

"There is no indication of any food products at Señor Ramon being the source of infection and no indication that patrons at other locations were affected," said VDH officials in a news release Thursday. 

Officials say, in part, that "individuals who have not been previously vaccinated for hepatitis A, nor had the disease in the past, are susceptible to infection. Susceptible individuals who ate or drank anything from Señor Ramon at 22455 Davis Drive in Sterling between July 18, 2019 and July 26, 2019 may still benefit from vaccine or immune globulin to prevent hepatitis A if received within two weeks of the date of exposure. Hepatitis A vaccine is available at various urgent care clinics and pharmacies in the community and at the Loudoun County Health Department."

On Thursday evening, Señor Ramon shared the following message on their Facebook page: 

"The safety of our beloved customers is the absolute most important thing to us, we want to share with those who are not aware of the situation being handled at our Sterling location."

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