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SOME DENNY’S CUSTOMERS ARE ADVISED TO GET A SHOT

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"I'll have a hamburger and a gamma globulin shot, please."

Maybe that's the precautionary order that should have been given by customers visiting the Denny's Restaurant, 250 W. 500 South, on Aug. 22 from 9 p.m. until 3 the next morning, and on Aug. 26 from 6 p.m. until 3 a.m. on the 24th.The Salt Lake City-County Health Department reports that two food handlers there were recently diagnosed with the contagious disease hepatitis A.

Some patrons may have been exposed to the virus from cold sandwiches or hamburgers garnished with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles, added Dr. Thomas Schlenker, the department's executive director.

Among the items that could have been contaminated were club sandwiches, BLTs or hamburgers.

"Hot, cooked breakfasts, are not at risk," Schlenker said. But anyone who ate at the restaurant during the dates and times listed should get immune globulin (also called gamma globulin) shots before Sept. 5.

One of the infected food handlers was a cook and cooked items usually don't carry a risk, although garnishes can be contaminated. The other was a new employee in training who did not handle any food. Both are home on sick leave.

The restaurant is cooperating with the department and nobody has been found to have come down with hepatitis because of the incident. The gamma globulin shot is a preventive measure.