NJ Health Department Officials Confirm ShopRite Worker Infected with Hepatitis A

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Dr. Nikolas Pyrsopoulos, director of the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, said vaccines can help prevent hepatitis A.

With New Jersey having 66 hepatitis A cases in the same time period the previous year, infectious disease specialists are becoming more concerned, according to the article.

Officials say that for anyone else - vaccines should be gotten no later than November 13.

Anyone who purchased items at the ShopRite deli department during the periods of October 13 to October 30 is urged to throw them away.

Anyone who ate food purchased in the deli or appetizer departments who have not previously been vaccinated should do so to prevent getting sick.

Monitor your health for symptoms of hepatitis A infection including fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea and jaundice up to 50 days after exposure.

The best and easiest way to prevent spreading the disease is for people to throughly wash their hands after using the bathroom, Pyrsopoulos said.

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Stay at home and contact your healthcare provider immediately if symptoms of hepatitis A infection develop.

If you have additional concerns about your health, contact your own health care provider for individualized guidance.

Hepatitis A cases considered part of the New Jersey outbreak since December 1, 2018. It is preventable by vaccine.

Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person comes into contact with objects, food or drinks contaminated by an infected person.

On November 4th, the NJDOH announced in a press release that it is working with the Somerset County Department of Health and Wakefern Corporation to notify individuals who visited a New Jersey ShopRite about a single case of hepatitis A in a food handler who is employed at ShopRite food market located at 1 S. Davenport St., Somerville, NJ 08876. Other potential side effects include mild headache, loss of appetite among children, and feeling exhausted. As soon as we received notification from the departments of health, we took immediate action to deep clean and sanitize the store, including all knives, cases, and equipment and work surfaces per required food safety protocols. All deli meats, cheeses or sandwiches from the deli department that may have been handled by the associate in question are no longer in the store.

Health care providers have been directed to help vaccinate those most at risk for infection to stop the outbreak. Free parking is available in the parking deck next to the building. Anyone who bought food from the deli should throw it away, according to a joint statement the New Jersey and Somerset County health departments.

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