NEW YORK – Health officials say a worker at a fast-food restaurant on Long Island has typhoid fever.
The Nassau County Health Department says the patient was a food handler at a Mama Sbarro's in Hicksville.
Health officials say it's unusual to catch typhoid fever, which you can avoid by washing your hands before and after handling food and using the toilet. There are only 400 U.S. cases a year.
But health officials are cautioning those who ate at the restaurant last weekend that they may have some risk of contracting the disease.
The restaurant passed a surprise health inspection Friday.
Typhoid fever is a bacterial infection whose symptoms include fever, headache, diarrhea and rose-colored spots on the torso. It is treated with antibiotics.