NJ Shoppers Urged To Get Vaccinated After Worker Infected With Hepatitis

WCBS 880 Newsroom
October 13, 2019 - 1:54 pm
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SOUTH PATERSON, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- New Jersey health officials say people who shopped at a grocery store in Paterson were exposed to hepatitis A from an infected employee and they're urging some customers to get vaccinated.

The employee at Brother’s Produce in South Paterson came to work for at least six days when he was infected with hepatitis A, according to health officials.

Customers of Brother’s Produce are advised to throw out any produce they bought from the grocer between Sept. 30 and Oct. 5.

Health officials are urging anyone who ate produce from Brother's that was purchased during the six-day window to get a hepatitis A vaccine if they haven’t already had one.

The city is giving out doses of the vaccine for free at health offices located at 176 Broadway.

Symptoms of hepatitis A can appear three to four weeks after infection. They include diarrhea, vomiting, fever, fatigue and poor appetite.

In a statement, Brothers said: “Our family's first priority has always been and remains. the health and safety of our customers and employees.”

The store says the employee with hepatitis has been let go and all food that was there at the time has been thrown out. It also says the rest of its workforce will be tested for hepatitis A.