Utah 7-11 Customers Potentially Exposed To Hepatitis A

Utah 7-11 Customers Potentially Exposed To Hepatitis A

Based on the store's average sales health officials estimate up to 2,000 customers could be affected.

Any customers who are fully vaccinated with two doses against hepatitis A are also not at any health risk, officials said.

An employee at the 7-Eleven store located at 2666 West 7800 South in West Jordan, a suburb of Salt Lake City, was diagnosed with the disease, and apparently worked a shift at the store while the disease was transmissible and live.

According to the SLCoHD, those people who visited the store and either used the restroom there or had fresh fruits or fountain drink or other self-serve beverage or consumed any item from the store's hot food case, like pizza, hot dogs, chicken wings, or taquitos, have been largely affected.

Salt Lake County Health Department officials are recommending a preventative vaccine for customers who visited the store from December 26 through Wednesday and who used the restroom or consumed any fountain drinks or self-serve beverage, fresh fruit or any item from the store's hot food case such as pizza, hot dogs, chicken wings or taquitos. People who believe they may have been exposed are being urged to call the health department for guidance on how to get a hepatitis A vaccine.

They must receive the preventative vaccine within a short time of their possible exposure so they should call as soon as possible, according to the news release.

An employee was infected with hepatitis A continued to work while sick, and handled food at the store.

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The scare is part of a hepatitis A outbreak in the Salt Lake Valley that's been happening since August.

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.

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver disease that can be transmitted through objects, food, drinks or sexual contact.

"This is an important reminder to food service establishments that they should consider vaccinating their food-handling employees against hepatitis A", said Gary Edwards, Salt Lake County Health Department executive director.

So far, health officials referred nearly 350 people to get vaccinated.

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

The stricken store was said to be "cooperating fully" with an investigation into the health breach, and has since been sanatized to meet department standards. The illness can last several months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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