Severe cases of hepatitis A can last for months
A local New Jersey health department urged patrons who went to a Gloucester Township Starbucks coffee shop on certain days this month to get the hepatitis A vaccine after an employee tested positive.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection.
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The Camden County Health Department on November 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 or 13 directed the Blackwood Clementon Road Starbucks patrons to vaccinate very carefully, According to NJ.com,
The website said the county is Establishment of vaccination clinic on Friday.
However, an investigation did not reveal any health violations at the store, which was temporarily closed until all employees were vaccinated.
have hepatitis A Caused by Hepatitis A Virus (HAV)Which is found in the feces and blood of infected people.
The disease is spread when someone unknowingly swallows the virus through close personal contact with an infected person or by eating contaminated food or drink.
In 2018, there were 12,474 cases of hepatitis A in the US, but the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said That the actual number of cases was around 24,900 due to under-reporting.
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While hepatitis is rarely fatal and usually mild, severe cases can linger for months.
Symptoms of hepatitis A include fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain and jaundice.
Although anyone can get hepatitis A, international travelers, men who have sex with men, people using injection or non-injection drugs, people experiencing homelessness, people with an international adopter Those who expect close personal contact and have an occupational exposure to exposure are at increased risk. for HAV infection
People with chronic liver disease and human immunodeficiency virus infection have an increased risk of serious illness from HAV infection.
The best way to prevent hepatitis A is to be vaccinated with the complete, two-dose series of hepatitis A vaccines.
In the US, the hepatitis A vaccine is licensed for use in people 1 year of age and older. The most frequently reported adverse events associated with monovalent hepatitis A vaccination are fever, injection site reactions and rash, notes the agency.
Immune globulin may provide short-term protection against hepatitis A, both before and after exposure. Immune globulin should be administered within two weeks after exposure for maximum protection.
Granthshala Business’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.