Brother’s Produce Hepatitis A Lawyer Update: Worker at a Produce Store Test Positive for Hepatitis A.
An employee of a New jersey Brother’s Produce location has tested positive for Hepatitis A while working at the fresh produce store.
The worker, who has not been named, worked at the Brother’s Produce located in 327 East Railway Ave., in Paterson NJ. The New Jersey Department of Health stated that the food handler worked at the location while infectious (while contagious) between the dates of September 30 and October 5, 2019. Residents who shopped at the fresh produce store during the time frame in which the infected food handler was working may have been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus.
The New Jersey Department of Health announced that it is working together with the Paterson City Board of Health to notify residents who shopped at the fresh produce store about the potential exposure. In its announcement the Department of Health has advised all customers who may have eaten produce from the Brother’s Produce store, during the time in which the infected food handler was working, and who has not already been vaccinated against the virus, to get post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment within two weeks of eating potentially contaminated food. For most, the latest they should receive treatment is Oct. 19. According to the Department of Health officials, residents can receive PEP at the agency’s office at 176 Broadway, in Paterson, on a first-come, first-served basis, on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection which is caused by the hepatitis A virus. It affects people in different ways some may have a mild illness that only lasts a couple of weeks and others may have more severe symptoms. Symptoms of Hepatitis A can include debilitating fatigue, diminished appetite, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice. Ron Simon, a national Hepatitis A Lawyer, stated “Many people are diagnosed upon arrival at a hospital because the medical staff can see yellowing eyes or skin. This condition, called jaundice, is associated with a liver that is under attack. Medical staff will immediately order a hepatic function screen, or complete metabolic panel (CMP) to evaluate AST, ALT, and bilirubin levels. A person with acute hepatitis will have extremely elevated liver function numbers. A hepatitis panel is usually run, looking for Hepatitis A, B, and C, among others.”
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