A New Jersey county’s health department is urging patrons to get hepatitis A shots after a Starbucks employee was found to have worked while infectious.
A health care provider informed the Camden County Health Department about the incident in Gloucester Township on Wednesday; it said last week. The Starbucks facility was immediately closed, and an investigation found no evidence that food safety protocols were compromised.
Camden County Health Officer Paschal Nwako said in a statement Thursday that the department was working with the employee and the café chain to handle the situation. The Health Department offered free hepatitis A shots to patrons Friday and Saturday, it said. Hepatitis A is one of several hepatitis viruses, which can cause inflammation and affect liver function.
Most cases occur from ingesting contaminated food or water, according to the Mayo Clinic website. A person can also contract the virus from close contact. While many patients are mild, some people may need longer-term care, the Mayo Clinic says. Symptoms include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, low-grade fever, and yellowing of the skin.Starbucks said Sunday that the health and safety of its “partners” and the community are top priorities. The company said that they are working closely with Camden County Health Department and fully comply with all requirements.