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Nassau County warns of possible hepatitis A exposure at Merrick 7-Eleven

MERRICK, Long Island (WABC) – Nassau County Department of Health examines a confirmed case of hepatitis A virus in a food handler working at 7-Eleven on Jerusalem Avenue in Merrick. Customers who used the toilet facility or consumed food and beverages prepared on site between February 1 and March 6 may have been exposed. In a statement, 7-Eleven said that health and safety for customers is top priority. "By 7-Eleven policy, the independent franchisee remedies the deal and destroys any contaminated items. We plan to work near the Nassau County Health Department to ensure that the deal and its employees are cleared to return to normal business," the company wrote in A statement. Hepatitis A can be spread by consuming food or drink that has been handled by an infected person. It can also be spread from person to person by placing something in the mouth that has been contaminated with feces in a person with hepatitis A. Symptoms may vary from mild to severe and include a sudden onset of fever, fatigue, poor appetite, nausea , stomach pain, dark urine and jaundice. The disease is rarely fatal and most recover within a few weeks without any complications. The symptoms usually occur within 28 days of exposure, with a range of 1 5 to 50 days. There are no special drugs or antibiotics that can be used to treat a person when symptoms occur. In general, hibernation is all that is needed. Thorough hand washing after bathroom use, and before,…

MERRICK, Long Island (WABC) – Nassau County Department of Health examines a confirmed case of hepatitis A virus in a food handler working at 7-Eleven on Jerusalem Avenue in Merrick.

Customers who used the toilet facility or consumed food and beverages prepared on site between February 1 and March 6 may have been exposed.

In a statement, 7-Eleven said that health and safety for customers is top priority.

“By 7-Eleven policy, the independent franchisee remedies the deal and destroys any contaminated items. We plan to work near the Nassau County Health Department to ensure that the deal and its employees are cleared to return to normal business,” the company wrote in A statement.

Hepatitis A can be spread by consuming food or drink that has been handled by an infected person. It can also be spread from person to person by placing something in the mouth that has been contaminated with feces in a person with hepatitis A.

Symptoms may vary from mild to severe and include a sudden onset of fever, fatigue, poor appetite, nausea , stomach pain, dark urine and jaundice. The disease is rarely fatal and most recover within a few weeks without any complications.

The symptoms usually occur within 28 days of exposure, with a range of 1

5 to 50 days.

There are no special drugs or antibiotics that can be used to treat a person when symptoms occur. In general, hibernation is all that is needed.

Thorough hand washing after bathroom use, and before, during and after food preparation is the most important way to prevent the spread of this and other intestinal diseases.

Sharing food and utensils should be discouraged, especially when someone is ill.

Health managers say that anyone potentially exposed between February 24 and March 6 should receive hepatitis A vaccination and / or immunoglobulin (IG). The individuals potentially exposed between February 1 and February 23 fall outside this window and should observe the symptoms of hepatitis A and consult their health care provider about the potential exposure and the need to vaccinate for future protection.

Those who have been vaccinated with two doses of hepatitis A vaccine or who have previously had disease are protected against hepatitis A infections, and there is no need for further action.

WATCH: Nassau County Officers Discuss Possible Hepatitis A Exposure

County Council Laura Curran and Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein announced the availability of free hepatitis A vaccines and / or immunoglobulin for those exposed between February 24 and March 6. The vaccines will be available:

Sunday, March 10 from
Nassau Community College CCB Building
An education station, Garden City, NY 11530
(direction signs will be published)

Monday March 11 from 1 pm to 6 pm

Nassau County Health Department
200 County Seat Drive
Mineola, NY 11501

A call center has been established for those who need additional information. They in need can call 516-227-9570.

Additional information on hepatitis A is available at the New York State Department of Health website.

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