7-Eleven Customers May Have Been Exposed to Hepatitis A

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Up to 2,000 Utah customers may been exposed to Hepatitis A (HAV) after an employee infected with the disease showed up to work, according to health officials.

The department urged residents to get an injection if they used the bathroom, ate any fresh fruit or food from the hot case at the locale.

Any customer who used the bathroom or bought a self-serve drink, fresh fruit or an item from the hot food case between December 26, 2017 and January 3 may have been exposed, according to the Salt Lake County Health Department.

Contact the health department or your healthcare provider about getting an immune globulin or hepatitis A vaccination if you fall into those groups.

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Health department staff will screen callers for their exposure risk and provide them with options for receiving the preventive hepatitis A vaccine.

3 time period, an employee infected with hepatitis A worked at that 7-Eleven location.

The health department believes this case is linked to the ongoing hepatitis outbreak in Salt Lake County since August 2017.

7-Eleven didn't respond to a request from CSD for a comment on the situation, or the course of action the company is now pursuing.

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The store has since been sanitized, the health department said, and 7-Eleven is cooperating with a health department investigation.

"This is an important reminder to food service establishments that they should consider vaccinating their food-handling employees against hepatitis A", Edwards said in a health department statement.

"It's also important the food handlers be conscientious with hygiene, hand washing and not working when ill - and that managers be vigilant in enforcing those important requirements that protect public health". The vaccine is expected to be readily available within the first quarter of 2018.

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and certain medical conditions can cause hepatitis but a virus often causes hepatitis. 343 people were referred for the preventative hepatitis A Vaccine. Hepatitis A is an extremely contagious virus that infects the liver.

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Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is recommended for unvaccinated people who have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus in the last 2 weeks. In rare cases, it can be fatal.

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