Somerset County ShopRite Worker Was Infected With Hepatitis A – Bridgewater, NJ Patch

SOMERVILLE, NJ — A deli worker at the ShopRite in Somerville was infected with hepatitis A and worked during a time when the virus could have been spread to others, health officials warned Monday.

The New Jersey Department of Health with the Somerset County Department of Health and Wakefern Corporation warned shoppers of the confirmed single case of hepatitis A at ShopRite at 1 S. Davenport St. in Somerville.

The food handler worked from Oct.13 to 30 when he or she was infectious, Somerset County health officials said.

The Somerset County Health Department is recommending the following:

  • Any items purchased from the in-store deli (Appy) at ShopRite of Somerville from Oct. 13 to 30, should be thrown away.
  • Anyone who may have eaten items purchased at the in-store deli (Appy) from the ShopRite of Somerville from Oct. 13 to 30, and was not previusly vaccinated against hepatitis A, should get the hepatitis A vaccine to prevent getting sick.
  • To be effective, the hepatitis A vaccine should be received as soon as possible, but no later than two weeks after eating food from this deli. For most people, this date would be Nov. 13. (Note: Anyone with weakened immune systems should talk with their healthcare provider about getting immunoglobulin or Ig instead of the vaccine.)
  • Anyone who used the restrooms at the ShopRite of Somerville from Oct. 13 to 30 should also consider getting vaccinated. The hepatitis A vaccine should be received as soon as possible, but no later than Nov. 13.

The Hepatitis A vaccine is available at the ShopRite pharmacy or your health care provider.

If you think you may have eaten items purchased at the in-store deli (Appy) or used the restrooms at the ShopRite of Somerville and have no access to a health care provider or insurance, you may call Zufall Health at 908-526-2335 to get more information about getting care.

Zufall Health is at 71 Fourth St. in Somerville and are open Monday (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Tuesday (7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.), Wednesday (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Thursday (7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Friday (7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Saturday (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Be sure to mention the ShopRite hepatitis A event when you call. There may be a cost associated with your visit.

For additional questions, call the Somerset County Health Department hotline at 908-203-6014.

For answers to frequently asked questions about hepatitis A visit the NJ Department of Health’s website about Hepatitis A.

For more information, visit the Somerset County Department of Health website at www.co.somerset.nj.us/health.

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