A Starbucks employee in New Jersey who Eating food and then testing positive for hepatitis A may have exposed thousands to the virus from clients.
Exposure to hepatitis A includes Anyone who visited Starbucks at 1490 Blackwood Clementon Street on November 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13, According to county spokesman Dan Kechin.
The Ministry of Health was notified of the incident and immediately closed the Starbucks store. Keshin told CNN.
For people who frequent Starbucks and They have not been vaccinated against hepatitis A and are advised to receive the vaccination “as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days after contact”, The Ministry of Health said in a press release.
Hepatitis A Vaccines in New Jersey
“The county health department was Working closely with the patient and Starbucks employees to address the situation,” Paschal Nwako, Camden County Health Officer, said in a press release.
“Our top priority is to ensure that everyone involved remains safe and well. The patient is currently out of work and close contacts have been identified. We encourage anyone who thinks they’ve been vaccinated against hepatitis A to contact the county health department or their primary care physician.”
Public health personnel are provided 17 Hepatitis C vaccine, for Starbucks employees on Thursday Keshin said they set up a nearby vaccination clinic on Friday and Saturday.
“Starbucks says the place is always full, like most people are,” Kechin said. They say they have Average of 600 customers per day and some of them are customers who probably come back several times a day…but the number of customers is probably in the thousands. “
Starbucks visitors must be vaccinated
The The Starbucks employee who contracted the virus is on the mend. To date, no one has tested positive for hepatitis A as a result of exposuresaid the speaker.
“I found out that my daughter may have contracted hepatitis A,” Keshin told CNN affiliate WABC. “Today I was able to get vaccinated and I feel fine.”
“If you come If you come into contact with substances that have left the self-service or entered the building itself, you must be vaccinated”, health authorities expressed.
“Our Department of Public Health personnel have traveled across the state, in some cases hundreds of miles, Getting vaccinated across the state, Keshin explained, “there aren’t many doses of hepatitis A vaccine in New Jersey.”
The province succeeded in obtaining 500 doses For another clinic pop-up scheduled for Wednesday as vaccine demand continues to rise.
What is hepatitis A and what are its symptoms?
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious infection of the liver It can be spread through close contact with an infected person or by eating contaminated food or drink, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Symptoms include: Fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal discomfort, and jaundice generally appear two to six weeks after infection and last less than two months, according to the CDC.
The Hepatitis A rates in the United States have fallen by more than 95% Since the vaccine was first available in 1995, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Neighboring Philadelphia declared a public health emergency due to an increase in hepatitis A in 2019 and most cases have occurred among the at-risk population of Kensington.