BOISE -- The Central District Health Department is alerting customers of the Cheesecake Factory that an employee working there was confirmed to have hepatitis A.

CDHD says the risk is low because the infected employee was not involved in preparing food, but there is still a possibility that diners could have been exposed.

Here are the symptoms of hepatitis A:

  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Jaundice
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea
  • Dark urine

If you experienced any of these symptoms, and ate or drank at the Cheesecake Factory at 350 North Milwaukee Street between Dec. 13, 2011, and Jan. 22, 2012, you are encouraged to contact your medical provider.

There is no specific treatment for hepatitis A, but symptoms may be treated. Severity of the symptoms may increase with age.

If you have had a hepatitis A vaccine or had the illness in the past, you are protected from getting the infection.

Dave Fotsch with CDHD tells KTVB that if a restaurant cooperates with the investigation, they usually don't identify the restaurant. In this case, because the exposure had occured over an extended period of time, through which people could still turn up with symptoms, they felt it was important to get the word out.

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