Starbucks employee tested positive for hepatitis A, which may have exposed thousands of customers to the virus

Exposure to hepatitis A, including anyone who visited Starbucks November 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 at 1490 Blackwood Clementon Road, district spokesperson Dan Keashen said.

The incident was reported to the Camden County Department of Health on Wednesday, which immediately shut down the Gloucester Township Starbucks store, Kishen told CNN.

“Ensuring that everyone involved is safe and healthy is our top priority. The patient is currently not working and close contacts have been identified. We encourage anyone who thinks they have been vaccinated against hepatitis A to call the district health department. Primary care doctor. ”

Public health officials administered 17 hepatitis A vaccines to Starbucks staff on Thursday and set up a pop-up vaccination clinic nearby on Fridays and Saturdays, Kishen said.

So far, 800 vaccines have been issued, marking the largest hepatitis A vaccination effort in the state’s history, Kishen says.

“Starbucks says the place is busy, like most,” Kishen said. “They say they average 600 hosts a day, and some may be returning hosts and go multiple times a day… but the exposure can be in the thousands. “

Visitors to Starbucks should definitely get the vaccine

Starbucks employee infected with virus recovers. So far, no one has tested positive for hepatitis A, the spokesperson said.

“I found out that my daughter and I may have been infected with hepatitis A. I was able to get the vaccine today and I’m finally feeling better,” Kishen said. Subsidiary of CNN WABC.

“If you come into contact with objects coming out of the drive-thru or entering the building, you must be fully immunized. “

Since there are a low number of vaccines in the state, collecting the right amount of medicine is no easy task.

“We drove our public health department staff across the state, sometimes hundreds of miles, doing vaccinations across the state,” Kishen explained. “The hepatitis A vaccine levels in New Jersey are not high. ”

As demand for the vaccine continues to rise, the county has successfully received 500 doses for another pop-up clinic scheduled for Wednesday.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection that can be spread through close contact with an infected person or through the consumption of contaminated food or drink.

Symptoms include fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal discomfort and jaundice and typically appear two to six weeks after infection and last less than two months, according to the CDC.

Rates of hepatitis A in the United States have fallen by more than 95% since the vaccine was first available in 1995. According to the CDC. Neighboring Country Philadelphia Announced The increase in hepatitis A in 2019 is due to the high number of public health emergencies among those at risk in Kensington.

Correction: An earlier version of this story was twisted when a Starbucks employee went to work in November. This was before a positive test for hepatitis A.