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      Springfield restaurant worker diagnosed with hepatitis

      Health officials in Springfield are urging some patrons of a Red Robin restaurant to be vaccinated for hepatitis A.

      Health officials in Springfield are urging some patrons of a Red Robin restaurant to be vaccinated for hepatitis A after an employee was diagnosed with the virus.

      The Springfield News-Leader reports the alert is directed at people who ate at the Red Robin at 3720 S. Glenstone from May 8 to May 11.

      Officials with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department made the announcement Wednesday.

      Hepatitis A is a liver disease that can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter -- even in microscopic amounts -- from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by an infected person.