New Jersey Starbucks workers may have inadvertently infected THOUSAND of people with hepatitis A.

An employee at a busy Starbucks location in New Jersey may have inadvertently exposed thousands of customers to hepatitis A, which has caused hundreds of people to show up for a vaccination drive this weekend.

An unnamed employee at Starbucks located at 1490 Blackwood Clementon Road in Gloucester Township was tested positive for the highly contagious liver infection after working at least six days in November serving customers.

The Camden County Department of Heath heard about the worker’s diagnosis on Wednesday and informed the public that anyone who purchased food or beverages from Gloucester Township between November 4 and November 6 or between November 11 and 13 may have been exposed for hepatitis A..

Health authorities organized a pop-up hepatitis A vaccination clinic on Friday and Saturday, and hundreds of people showed up to get their shots.

An employee who worked at a Starbucks location (above) in Gloucester Township, New Jersey, tested positive for hepatitis A and may have been exposed between November 4 and November 6 or between November 11 and 13.

An employee who worked at a Starbucks location (above) in Gloucester Township, New Jersey, tested positive for hepatitis A and may have been exposed between November 4 and November 6 or between November 11 and 13.

The Starbucks site remained closed until all workers were vaccinated

The Starbucks site remained closed until all workers were vaccinated

People are seen queuing up to be vaccinated against hepatitis A at a pop-up clinic in New Jersey this weekend

People are seen queuing up to be vaccinated against hepatitis A at a pop-up clinic in New Jersey this weekend

Health authorities visited the store and said they found no evidence of food safety breaches.

What is hepatitis A and how can it be treated?

Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease that can have both minor and severe symptoms for the infected person.

It is spread primarily when a person who has not been vaccinated ingests food or water that has been contaminated with feces from an infected individual.

The virus is one of the most common causes of foodborne infections.

Symptoms

The incubation period for hepatitis A is usually 14 to 28 days.

People can experience:

  • Fever
  • Lost appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Jaundice
  • Acute liver failure

Who is in danger?

Anyone who has not been vaccinated or has never been infected with the hepatitis A virus is at risk.

Other factors that increase the risk include:

  • Poor sanitation
  • Lack of clean water
  • Recreational drug use
  • Living with an infected person or having sexual relations with one
  • Travel to high-risk areas without vaccination

Treatment

There is no specific treatment for hepatitis A.

It may take some people a few weeks to a few months to recover from the symptoms.

Doctors recommend everyone get a vaccination to prevent the risk of becoming infected with the virus.

Source: World of Health

The store was temporarily closed and only reopened before all employees were vaccinated.

So far, 782 patrons and 12 Starbucks employees have been immunized. Health authorities will reopen the clinic on Wednesday to allow more people to be vaccinated.

The worker who had contracted the disease is said to be recovering. Health officials said there have been no reports of others testing positive for hepatitis A as a result of exposure at Starbucks.

Officials estimate that up to 4,000 people may have been exposed to the infection, ABC 7 NY reported.

“The county health department has worked closely with the patient and staff at Starbucks to resolve the situation,” Camden County Health Officer Paschal Nwako said in a statement.

‘Our highest priority is to ensure that everyone involved remains safe and healthy. The patient is not currently working and close contacts have been identified.

“We encourage anyone who believes they have been exposed to hepatitis A to be vaccinated by calling the county health department or your primary care physician.”

People are encouraged to get the vaccine ‘as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days after contact.’

The place where the exposure took place is busy, serving an average of 600 patrons a day, ‘but the exposure is probably in the thousands,’ county spokesman Dan Keashen told CNN.

Keashen has revealed to The Washington Post that he and his eight-year-old daughter were among the thousands who may have been exposed to hepatitis A.

Keashen got his sting on Thursday and his daughter had previously been vaccinated.

Hepatitis A is a virus that attacks the body through hepatitis. It is highly contagious and typically spreads through sexual contact, sharing needles, or ingesting foods that have been contaminated by a person infected with the virus.

Those at risk for developing hepatitis A include drug users, men who have sex with men and the homeless.

Symptoms – which include fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and dark urine – can take anywhere from two to seven weeks after exposure.

Although many who are infected show no symptoms, it may take a few months before the disease passes.

Hepatitis A has been a recommended childhood vaccine since the mid-1990s. The vaccine consists of two doses administered at six-month intervals.

About 800 people who may have been exposed to hepatitis A at New Jersey Starbucks have so far been vaccinated

About 800 people who may have been exposed to hepatitis A at New Jersey Starbucks have so far been vaccinated

Health authorities recommend that everyone who ate or drank in the store be vaccinated against hepatitis A (file image)

Health authorities recommend that everyone who ate or drank in the store be vaccinated against hepatitis A (file image)

In addition to being vaccinated, public health officials suggest strategies that include hand washing with soap and water after going to the toilet and before eating or cooking.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hepatitis A cases increased nearly 300 percent from 2016 to 2018 compared to the same period between 2013 and 2015.

Researchers at the agency say it is largely due to outbreaks among the homeless population and among drug users.

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