On Sunday, health officials in Salt Lake County, Utah, warned an estimated 2,000 residents that they could have been exposed to hepatitis A at a West Jordan 7-Eleven convenience store. People who visited the store between December 26 and January 3 could be at risk if they used a store restroom, touched/consumed fresh fruit, consumed a fountain drink, or ate food from the hot food case. Those who visited the store during that time period should contact the county health department (they want you to get a “preventive hepatitis A injection” if you did).

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It seems an infected employee was working while unwell and potentially handled certain items in the store. CNN reports that the case is “believed to be connected to a wider hepatitis A outbreak in the area that has been ongoing since August.”1

CNN affiliate KSTU reports that as of Monday afternoon, 256 people had been referred by the county health department to get an injection.
According to the CDC:
“Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus and is most frequently transmitted by eating food or drinking water handled by someone who has not properly washed their hands. It can also be spread by sex and illicit drug use.
Symptoms — which include nausea, vomiting, fever and fatigue — can take 15 to 50 days to appear. The virus is especially hard to kill and can live for months outside the body…”2
At this time the store has been sanitized, the 7-Eleven is cooperating with a health department investigation, and the remaining employees at the West Jordan location had been vaccinated against hepatitis A.

Sources and References

  1. CNN, January 9, 2018.
  2. CNN, January 9, 2018.