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Possible public Hep-A exposure at Merrick 7-Eleven, County Warning | Herald Community Newspapers

Officials from the Nassau County Department of Health warned the public on Friday of a confirmed case of hepatitis A in a food handler who worked at 7-Eleven at 1555 Jerusalem Ave. in Merrick. Whoever used the bathroom ate or drank something that was prepared in the convenience store between February 1 and March 6 could have been exposed, officials said. Those who may have been exposed between February 24 and March 6 should receive vaccination or immunoglobulin, health commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein said. People who may have been exposed earlier need to look for symptoms and check in with their doctor about potential exposure. Anyone who has been vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine, or who previously had the disease, is protected and does not have to worry. The county will offer free vaccines and immunoglobulin for all vulnerable, on Sunday at Nassau Community College CCB Building (1 Education Drive, Garden City) from noon to 4 pm; and on Monday at the County Ministry for Health (200 County Seat Drive, Mineola) from 1 to 6 pm A call center has been established for everyone who needs more information. Call: (516) 227-9570. The hepatitis A virus 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 a person having the virus. The symptoms of hepatitis A may vary from mild to severe and…

Officials from the Nassau County Department of Health warned the public on Friday of a confirmed case of hepatitis A in a food handler who worked at 7-Eleven at 1555 Jerusalem Ave. in Merrick.

Whoever used the bathroom ate or drank something that was prepared in the convenience store between February 1 and March 6 could have been exposed, officials said.

Those who may have been exposed between February 24 and March 6 should receive vaccination or immunoglobulin, health commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein said. People who may have been exposed earlier need to look for symptoms and check in with their doctor about potential exposure. Anyone who has been vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine, or who previously had the disease, is protected and does not have to worry.

The county will offer free vaccines and immunoglobulin for all vulnerable, on Sunday at Nassau Community College CCB Building (1

Education Drive, Garden City) from noon to 4 pm; and on Monday at the County Ministry for Health (200 County Seat Drive, Mineola) from 1 to 6 pm

A call center has been established for everyone who needs more information. Call: (516) 227-9570.

The hepatitis A virus 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 a person having the virus.

The symptoms of hepatitis A may vary from mild to severe and include urgent fever, fatigue, poor appetite, nausea, stomach upset, dark colored urine and jaundice (a yellowing of the skin and white eyes). The disease is rarely fatal and most recover within a few weeks without any complications. Symptoms usually occur within 28 days of exposure, with an interval of 15-50 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. Careful hand washing after use of the bathroom, and before, during and after food preparation, is the most important way to prevent the spread of this and other bowel diseases. Sharing food and utensils should be discouraged, especially when someone is ill.

More information on hepatitis A is available on the New York State Department of Health website: https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/1859/index.htm

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