Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) officials announced Tuesday that an individual working at The Back Corner, an entertainment venue located at 1413 5th Avenue North, has been diagnosed with acute hepatitis A.
While the risk of contracting hepatitis A is low, the Metro Public Health Department is issuing a public notice out of an abundance of caution, and will offer free hepatitis A vaccine to customers who visited The Back Corner on June 28, 29, or 30. Those customers have until July 14 to be vaccinated in time to protect against the virus. They have an option of receiving the free hepatitis A vaccine between now and Friday, July 13, at one of three MPHD health centers or choosing to go to another health care provider between now and July 14.
MPHD locations (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Lentz Public Health Center
2500 Charlotte Avenue 37209
East Health Center
1015 East Trinity Lane 37206
Woodbine Health Center
224 Oriel Avenue 37210
The most recent confirmed case is part of a hepatitis A outbreak that was announced more than a month ago. MPHD officials have confirmed 48 cases of hepatitis A have occurred in Nashville since December 2017. MPHD continues to work with the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), as well as other Metro Departments and community organizations in response to the outbreak.
Symptoms of hepatitis A are fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). People can become ill 15 to 50 days after being exposed to the virus. Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention.
Hepatitis A is usually transmitted by putting something in your mouth such as an object, food or drink, which has been in contact with the feces of an infected person. The best ways to prevent hepatitis A infection are to get vaccinated and to practice good hand-washing with warm water and soap.