Possible Hepatitis A Exposure for New Yorkers who Attended a Conference in Las Vegas

Albany, NY, September 27, 2005 - The New York State Department of Health has been notified that persons who attended the Global Gaming Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center on September 13-14 may have been exposed to hepatitis A through an infected individual who worked at the conference.

The person suspected of spreading the illness was working at a Schwan's Food Service booth and was handing out samples of ice cream on September 13 and 14 at the convention center. The individual serving the product is considered the source of possible exposure and not the ice cream product. The infected individual did not show symptoms of the illness until after the conference, nor did he know he was infected.

receive an immune globulin immunization (IG) from a health care provider without delay.

Hepatitis A is a disease caused by a virus that results in inflammation of the liver. Initial symptoms are usually fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and malaise. This is usually followed by dark colored urine and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes). Most people recover without severe complications. The incubation period for hepatitis A (time from exposure to time when symptoms appear) is approximately 15-50 days.

Individuals who develop symptoms of hepatitis A should contact their healthcare provider. For more information on hepatitis A, call your health care provider or your local health department.