Customers at Utah 7-Eleven store might be exposed to hepatitis A

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Customers at Utah 7-Eleven store might be exposed to hepatitis A

Customers who used the restroom or ate certain items at the West Jordan 7-Eleven, 2666 W. 7800 South, anytime from Tuesday, Dec. 26, through Wednesday, Jan. 3, may have been exposed to hepatitis A and should contact the Salt Lake County Health Department immediately.

"People in need of prophylaxis must receive it within a short time period of their possible exposure, so it is essential that affected customers call the health department as soon as possible", health officials said in a news release.

Health leaders say food service handlers in Utah are not required to have a Hepatitis A vaccination.

Health officials in Utah are assessing the possible link to recent outbreak of Hepatitis A in the city of West Jordan to a 7-Eleven employee, according to a Salt Lake Tribune report. The health warning only extends to one store, where an infected employee worked while ill, the Salt Lake County Health Department said.

Salt Lake County has been experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak since August 2017. The vaccine is widely available at local pharmacies and is covered by most insurance plans.

Here's what the CDC says about hepatitis A. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected.

The hepatitis A virus can be prevented through vaccine. In the United States, the most common hepatitis viruses are hepatitis A virus, hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus.

Hepatitis A can cause mild-to-severe illness lasting weeks to months.

The first time that a vaccine for hepatitis A became available was in 1995; after that there has been a decline of more than 95 per cent in the number of people suffering from hepatitis A in the U.S. In 2015, almost 2,800 cases of hepatitis A was found across 50 states, reported the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention.

A worker there was infected and may have passed on the virus to customers through contaminated food and facilities, like the restroom, between the day after Christmas and the day after New Year's Day.

Usually people recover completely but in certain cases a person may die from fulminant hepatitis. In rare cases, it can be fatal.

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