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February 2019 Inspection Scores by Food Service Establishment Available

Published: 03/14/2019

The Environmental Health Division of the Manchester Health Department announces the posting of their February 2019 Inspection Scores for Food Service Establishments on their website.

What is Hepatitis A? What are the Symptoms?

Published: 02/15/2019

What is Hepatitis A?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


For current information about Hepatitis A and to learn more about how to protect yourself and your loved ones please visit:

Hepatitis A Activity in New Hampshire

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Notice For Food Service Operators...Hepatitis A Prevention Information

Published: 02/15/2019

The State of NH reports an increase in the number of cases of Hepatitis A infection in NH.  Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus that can infect a person’s liver and make them sick for weeks to months. The virus is spread through stool (feces/poop) of people with the virus. People can get hepatitis A by eating food or water contaminated with feces of a person that has the virus, or through person-to-person contact with someone that has the virus.

Food handlers have the potential to infect hundreds of people during one work shift making them a greater public health risk than non-food handlers.  Foods may be contaminated when an infected food handler, who does not wash his/her hands carefully after using the toilet, directly touches foods that will be eaten uncooked or foods that have already been cooked and are ready to eat.  This is why good personal hygiene and good hand washing are always important.

You can help prevent the spread of Hepatitis A by:

  • Always washing hands thoroughly with soap and warm water after using the toilet.

  • It is extremely important that food handlers not handle food or drinks when they feel ill.

  • Employees should notify the health department if they develop signs or symptoms similar to those of hepatitis A.

  • The proper use of gloves can help to prevent the spread of hepatitis A.

  • A fresh pair of gloves must be worn each time after an employee uses the rest room.

  • Gloves must be changed to a fresh pair whenever gloves have been used to touch items other than food, after touching raw (to be cooked) foods or before touching clean utensils used to directly prepare food.

  • Gloves should always be replaced if a tear is noticed.

  • Glove use is no substitute for good handwashing practices. Hands must always be washed prior to using or replacing gloves. 

Below are links with additional information and signage for your establishment.  Please take this opportunity to reiterate proper hand hygiene and glove use with your staff.  If you haven’t already done so, it is highly recommended that your establishment develop and require an Employee Health Policy Agreement.

What Food Service Workers Need to Know about Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A Fact Sheet

Wash Your Hands

Glove It

Wear Gloves the Right Way

Employee Health

Employee Health Policy Sample

 

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