Top Story #5: Hepatitis restaurant

News 12 The Bronx is counting down the top stories of the borough of 2013 as voted by our viewers. Coming in at No. 5

The city's Department of Health said an employee and four customers contracted hepatitis A.

The city's Department of Health said an employee and four customers contracted hepatitis A. (12/27/13)

THE BRONX - News 12 The Bronx is counting down the top stories of the borough of 2013 as voted by our viewers. Coming in at No. 5 is a restaurant forced to close due to an outbreak of hepatitis.

In September, patrons of Bronx restaurant New Hawaii Sea on Williamsbridge Road discovered that they tested positive for hepatitis A after eating there.

The city's Department of Health said an employee and four customers contracted the virus that is usually spread through contaminated food, or food that was handled by an infected person. The department urged customers who ate at New Hawaii Sea over a specific two-week period to get a vaccination for hepatitis A.

Lawyer Stephen Kaufman, who is representing the people who ate the restaurant, says he has 20 clients who are suing New Hawaii Sea.

The now-closed establishment has changed to Kai Sushi, an Asian fusion restaurant, and is set to open any day now.

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