L.B Health Dept. Investigating a Hepatitis Outbreak at 555 East American Steakhouse in DTLB
Updated: Feb 11, 2020
The Long Beach Health Department has confirmed "several" cases of the highly infectious hepatitis A with customers who ate at 555 East American Steakhouse located in Downtown Long Beach.
Guests who ate at the restaurant near or on December 24th, 2019 could have been exposed to the infectious disease.
According to the Health Department, the "source of the illness is still under investigation, and the restaurant’s management and staff are fully cooperating".
At this moment the restaurant doesn't pose a risk to the public.
Hepatitis A is an infectious disease of the liver. It is transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water. Most adults with hepatitis A have symptoms including fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, dark urine, nausea, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
The 555 East Has issued a statement to MTLB:
The 555 East has been a community partner in Long Beach for the past 35 years. Our highest priority is food safety, food quality, and unsurpassed service. The report from the health department does not indicate that anyone who dined in our restaurant or any employee who works in our restaurant were a direct cause of this Hepatitis A outbreak. According to the health department, the source is unknown and the restaurant does not pose an ongoing risk to the public. We are fully cooperating with the health department at this time. - Kelly Ellerman, Chief People Officer, The 555 East
Long Beach Health Department confirms eight cases of Hepatitis A from a Downtown Long Beach steakhouse, according to KTLA.