Protecting School Employees Against Hepatitis A
ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 26, 2002 – The discovery of a Hepatitis A infected food handler can trigger alarm among supervisors, executives and health officials. Hepatitis A is passed person to person but can also spread through contaminated food and water. Over 180,000 people are infected with this liver disease each year. In most cases, food handlers are infected outside of work and not as a result of specific occupational hazards. However, knowing the facts about Hepatitis A and how it can be prevented is the best defense against an outbreak.
Sue McCarroll, APRN, BCP will preside over the American School Food Service Association's online chat on the topic of Hepatitis A on Thursday, March 28 at 4pm EST at http://www.asfsa.org. McCarroll, Coordinator of Health Services for Aurora Public Schools (CO), will discuss the threat of Hepatitis A in the school environment and respond to questions about implementing a district-wide Hepatitis A prevention program.
McCarroll is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse as well as a Certified School Nurse Practitioner. In 1992, McCarroll received a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Services. McCarroll has been recognized numerous times for her leadership in the health profession most recently as a nominee for the 2001 Colorado School Nurse Administrator of the Year. She is an active member of National Association of School Nurses (NASN) Research Committee and the Colorado Association of School Nurses (CASN)
The "Preventing Hepatitis A" online chat is made possible through support from GlaxoSmithKline.
All ASFSA members and the general public are invited to participate in the chat. To participate, visit ASFSA’s Web site, Your Child Nutrition eSource at http://www.asfsa.org, on the day of the chat. There will be instructions on the ASFSA home page for connecting to the chat. A transcript of the chat will be available through the Web site within three days, as well.
Please note that chat participants now can receive one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) towards ASFSA Certification by attending the chat and completing a short quiz afterwards. More information can be found on this new professional development opportunity at ASFSA’s Web site in the Online Education Center.
ASFSA also has scheduled a chat for April 25, at 4pm, EST, on “Diversity in the Workplace.” ASFSA hosts chats every fourth Thursday of the month at 4pm, Eastern Time. In February, ASFSA.ORG hosted a chat on “Promoting School Breakfast.” The transcript for this chat is now available.
See Related Links for more information on past and future online chats. Join the Sanitation and Safety Community within ASFSA's Online Communities to discuss food safety and sanitation issues, exchange ideas on food safety education and keep up-to-date with current trends.
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