Hepatitis A Scare at Supermarket as Cases in NJ Spike Dramatically - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Hepatitis A Scare at Supermarket as Cases in NJ Spike Dramatically

The New Jersey Department of Health advised anyone who purchased items from the Somerville ShopRite's deli between Oct. 13 and 30 to throw them away

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    Hepatitis Scare at New Jersey ShopRite

    A deli worker at the Somerville grocery store may have exposed hundreds of customers who shopped at the store. It's the just latest case in a growing outbreak in the state, where there is an 800 percent increase in cases this year over last. NBC New York’s Brian Thompson reports.

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019)

    What to Know

    • A food worker at a ShopRite in New Jersey may have exposed customers to hepatitis A, health officials warned.

    • The individual was at 1 S. Davenport St. in Somerville and worked during the infectious period from Oct. 13-30, NJ DOH said.

    • Symptoms of hepatitis A in adults include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice

    Somerset County is offering free hepatitis A vaccinations after a deli worker at a supermarket was found to have the virus.

    The vaccinations will be given at the county health department from noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

    Officials say the Somerville ShopRite was contagious with the virus between Oct. 13 and Oct. 30. Officials say anyone who bought food from the deli should throw it away.

    Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person comes into contact with objects, food or drinks contaminated by an infected person.

    State health officials have confirmed 533 hepatitis A infections this year, including six deaths. There were just 66 cases last year, meaning there has been an increase of 800%, according to health department data obtained by NBC New York. The overwhelming majority of the cases — 139 as of Oct. 26 — have been in Camden County.