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

MERRICK, Long Island (WABC) – The Ministry of Health in Nassau is investigating a confirmed case of hepatitis A virus in a food processor who worked at Merie Merrick in Merrick at 7-Eleven.

Patrons who used the toilet facility or consumed food and drinks prepared on the spot between 1 February and 6 March may be exposed.

In a statement, 7-Eleven said that the health and safety of customers has the highest priority.

"According to 7-Eleven's policy, the independent franchisee sanctions the store and destroys all contaminated items, and we intend to work closely with the Nassau County Health Department to ensure that the store and its employees are released to return. return to normal shopping activities, "company wrote in a statement.

Hepatitis A can be spread by eating or drinking that has been treated by an infected person. It can also be spread from person to person by putting something in the mouth that is contaminated with the stool of a person with Hepatitis A.

Symptoms can range from mild to severe and include an abrupt onset of fever, fatigue, poor appetite, nausea, stomach pain, dark-colored urine and jaundice. The disease is rarely fatal and most people recover within a few weeks without complications.

Symptoms usually occur within 28 days of exposure, with a range of 15 to 50 days.

There are no special medicines or antibiotics that can be used to treat a person as soon as symptoms occur. Generally bed rest is all that is needed.

Thorough hand washing after use in the bathroom and before, during and after food preparation is the most important means to prevent the spread of these and other bowel diseases.

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

Health officials say that anyone who may be exposed between 24 February and 6 March should receive hepatitis A vaccination and / or immunoglobulin (IG). Those who are potentially exposed between 1 February and 23 February are outside this window and should be aware of hepatitis A symptoms and consult their health care provider about possible exposure and the need to vaccinate for future protection.

Those who have been vaccinated with two doses of hepatitis A vaccine or have had the disease in the past are protected against hepatitis A infections and there is no reason for further action.

VIEW: Nassau County officials discuss possible exposure to Hepatitis A

County Executive Laura Curran and Dr. Health Commissioner Lawrence Eisenstein have announced the availability of free Hepatitis A vaccines and / or immunoglobulin for people exposed between 24 February and 6 March. Vaccines are available:

Sunday 10 March from 12.00 to 16.00
Nassau Community College CCB Building
One Education Drive, Garden City, NY 11530
(Direction signs are posted)

Monday, March 11 from 13.00 to 18.00

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

A call center has been set up for those who need additional information. Those in need can call 516-227-9570.

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

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