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Redington-Fairview General Hospital (RFGH) is a local independent critical access hospital providing quality comprehensive health care services. We are located at 46 Fairview Avenue, Skowhegan, Maine. Contact us at (207) 474-5121.

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Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at Skowhegan Store

May 24, 2022 - The Maine CDC has just announced a case of Hepatitis A in a food service worker at the Skowhegan WalMart deli. Read the full Maine CDC press release here.

Customers who purchased and/or ate food prepared in this WalMart deli between May 7 - 21, 2022 could be at risk for hepatitis A infection if not fully vaccinated, and should seek medical treatment within 14 days of their exposure (5/24-6/4).

If you have been eaten food prepared at this deli, post-exposure prophylaxis (treatment) may be indicated for you. To be effective, it must be given within 14 days of exposure. Post-exposure prophylaxis for most people is a single dose of hepatitis A vaccine. A few people may need an injection of immune globulin.

Not everyone needs prophylaxis. Hepatitis A became a routine childhood vaccination in 2006. Healthy, fully-vaccinated adults and children should self-monitor for these symptoms:
  • fever
  • tiredness
  • low or no appetite
  • stomach pain
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • dark-colored urine
  • clay-colored stool
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
Symptoms may appear 2 to 7 weeks after exposure.

People who have had hepatitis A infections have life-long protection and cannot be re-infected.

People who have received only 1 vaccine dose should get the second dose unless it has been less than 6 months since dose #1.

The vaccine is free for children.

RFGH medical office and emergency department have pediatric and adult vaccine, and Immune globulin. The pharmacies in Skowhegan also have hepatitis A vaccine available. If you have been affected by this exposure risk, call your healthcare provider’s office for information or to schedule an appointment, or call your pharmacist.

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