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Hepatitis B and Food Handling
May 19, 2012

If a student has Hepatitis B, is it proper not to accept them in a tourism and hospitality program study? The reason for non acceptance is that food preparation subjects and food service subjects are included in the curriculum of the said program and they fear that they will infect other students or teacher of the school? Can they really infect by serving foods or preparing foods to public?

Response from Dr. McGovern

I don't see how a person with chronic HBV would be a risk. A person with acute hepatitis A should not work with food however. Perhaps this is the source of confusion.

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