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Westchester Restaurant Reopens After Hepatitis Scare

Bartaco in Port Chester.
Bartaco in Port Chester. Photo Credit: Google Maps

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Bartaco has reopened its doors in Port Chester after being temporarily shut down because of a potential Hepatitis A exposure that may have exposed customers to the disease.

The Westchester County Department of Health issued an alert on Wednesday warning that anyone who ate or drank at bartaco between Oct. 12 and Oct. 23 receive preventive treatment against the viral illness after an employee worked while infectious.

Health officials cautioned that treatment against Hepatitis A is only effective within two weeks of exposure, so diners should hurry to see their doctors if they ate at the location.

In an effort to assist residents, the Health Department is offering preventative treatment this week from 4 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday; noon to 4:45 p.m. on Friday and from 8:30 a.m .to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

“Hepatitis A is generally a mild illness whose symptoms include fatigue, fever, poor appetite, abdominal pain, diarrhea, dark urine, light-colored stool and jaundice, which is the yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes,” Sherlita Amler, Commissioner of Health said. “There are no special medications used to treat a person once symptoms appear, but Hepatitis A transmission to others can be prevented through proper hand washing.”

Bartaco was shut down on Wednesday and re-opened on Thursday afternoon following an inspection. Officials said they have been cooperative and voluntarily vaccinated each of their employees for the illness.

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