An infected employee of a Gloucester Township, NJ Starbucks may have exposed patrons to hepatitis A in early November. The Camden County Department of Health is urging customers who visited the Starbucks, located at 1490 Blackwood Clementon Road, on November 4-6, and 11-13 to get vaccinated.
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How Do You Get Hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A is a virus that causes an infection of the liver. There is no treatment for hepatitis A infections, but vaccination can prevent illness even if it is done up to two weeks after exposure. That’s why the Camden County Health Department is alerting customers of Clementon Road Starbucks to possible exposure.
Symptoms of hepatitis A include yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark urine, clay-colored stools, decreased appetite, fatigue, fever, nausea, and abdominal cramps. These symptoms don’t always appear right away. In fact, it can take as long as seven weeks for symptoms of a hepatitis A infection to develop. Once they do, they can last weeks or months as the liver works to heal itself.
The health department has set up a hepatitis A vaccine clinic at the Camden County Sustainable Facility at 508 Lakeland Road. November 19 and 20.
Is the Risk Ongoing?
People with hepatitis A are contagious one to two weeks before symptoms appear. On November 17, a health care provider notified the health department that a food handler at the Starbucks in Gloucester Township had tested positive for hepatitis A. The employee was working during the period of time when he or she was infectious.
The health department’s Food Surveillance Unit visited the store on November 17 and conducted an inspection. They found no food safety violations but temporarily closed the store until all the employees were vaccinated.
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