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Deadly disease at 7 Eleven sends authorities scrambling

10 January 2018

The estimate of 2,000 residents is based on the store's average sales volume, the health department said.

Brandis is fielding calls after a 7-Eleven store employee was found to have hepatitis A and was at risk of infecting customers between December 26 and January 2.

Health officials are issuing a warning after it was discovered an employee who works at a West Jordan 7-Eleven has Hepatitis A.

Anyone who used the restroom, purchased a fountain drink, fruit, or any hot food items run a risk for contamination.

The press release states that packaged items, including bottled beverages and microwaved food, are not implicated in the possible exposure.

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Health officials said those customers should contact the department and consider getting an injection to prevent Hepatitis A, a disease of the liver that is usually spread by direct contact or consumption of contaminated food or water.

They must receive the preventative vaccine within a short time of their possible exposure so they should call as soon as possible, according to the departmental news release.

The possible exposure affects only this 7-Eleven location, officials said.

Salt Lake County has been experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak since August 2017.

7-Eleven didn't respond to a request from CSD for a comment on the situation, or the course of action the company is now pursuing.

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Hepatitis A vaccine is covered by most insurance plans and is widely available at local pharmacies, health care providers and SLCoHD immunization clinics.

"The health and safety of our customers is our top priority", 7-Eleven said in a statement.

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus.

Hepatitis A can cause mild-to-severe illness lasting weeks to months.

7-Eleven is cooperating with health officials, the health department said, and has since sanitized the store.

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The first time that a vaccine for hepatitis A became available was in 1995; after that there has been a decline of more than 95 per cent in the number of people suffering from hepatitis A in the U.S. In 2015, almost 2,800 cases of hepatitis A was found across 50 states, reported the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention. Staff will screen all callers for the possible exposure risk and provide the options for the hepatitis A vaccine.

Deadly disease at 7 Eleven sends authorities scrambling