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NYACK, N.Y. (AP) - Health officials say a waiter at a popular Rockland County restaurant may have exposed hundreds of patrons to hepatitis A.

The Journal News reports that the waiter may have exposed customers at La Fontana in Nyack to the disease between March 19 and April 1.

People who ate at the restaurant March 29 through April 1 can get a free hepatitis vaccine Saturday through Monday at the Rockland Fire Training Center in Ramapo.

County health officials say the vaccine is only effective when given within 14 days of exposure. That's why it is not being offered to people who ate at the restaurant earlier.

There have been no reports of illness among the restaurant's customers so far.

The hepatitis A virus can cause liver failure.

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