• Officials confirm new case of hep. A, initial reports say unrelated to Hardee's exposure

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Mecklenburg County Health Department is investigating another case of hepatitis A. The department believes this case is unrelated to the most recent outbreak from a west Charlotte Hardee's. 

    Initial reports indicate the person is not connected to the food service industry.

    [RELATED: Mecklenburg Co. health department wraps up hepatitis A vaccinations following outbreak] 

    Public Health said they will release a statement if the investigation concludes the person is a public health risk. 

    This comes after the health department concluded an investigation into a hepatitis A outbreak from a local Hardee's. 

    [RELATED: Mecklenburg Co. health officials begin biweekly updates after 5 confirmed hepatitis A cases] 

    The health department said over 4,000 people were potentially exposed to hepatitis A after a restaurant worker at a west Charlotte Hardee's possibly exposed them to the virus. 

    After two weeks of clinics, the department said they vaccinated 2,056 people. 

    The department said they are launching a marketing / partnering campaign to target priority populations. This is to help bring awareness and education materials for distribution to at-risk people. 

    Partners include Ballantyne Family Medicine, The Powerhouse Project, Charlotte Rescue Mission, and Mecklenburg County Jail. 

    In addition, several community clinics have been supplied with the hepatitis A vaccination to help prevent further outbreaks. These clinics include CW Williams, Charlotte Community Health Clinic, and Eastowne Family Medicine. 

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