South Jersey Dunkin’ customers warned about hepatitis A
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP (Gloucester) — Anyone who consumed food or drink from a Dunkin' in South Jersey may have been exposed to Hepatitis A, according to the Gloucester County Health Department.
The exposure came from a worker at the Dunkin' located at 460 Hurffville-Crosskeys Road in the Turnersville section between May 18 and June 1. Although the risk is low, health officials recommend that anyone who was potentially exposed receive a post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) which consists of the hepatitis A vaccine and/or immune globulin.
The warning affects customers who ate at the coffee shop or used the drive-through.
To be effective, PEP should be received as soon as possible but no later than June 15, according to Jankauskas. PEP can be bought at any health care provider or from a pharmacy with a prescription.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by a virus that is spread through ingestion by objects or food contaminated by undetectable amounts of stool from an infected person. Hepatitis A can also spread from personal contact with an infected person such as through sex or caring for someone who is ill, according to the CDC.
Symptoms of hepatitis A include:
- poor appetite
- vomiting or abdominal discomfort
- dark colored urine
- clay colored (pale) stool
- yellow discoloration to skin and whites of the eye (a condition known as jaundice)