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Hepatitis A exposure puts thousands of 7-Eleven customers at risk

An infected employee at a 7-Eleven in Utah has potentially exposed thousands of customers to the hepatitis A virus, according to a statement by local officials.

According to CNN, roughly 2,000 individuals were believed to have visited the West Jordan convenience store between Dec. 26 and Jan. 3, when the health threat is believed to have been present in the store.

The Salt Lake County Health Department said the “exposure occurred when an infected employee worked while ill and potentially handled certain items in the store.”

Reports indicate the exposure could be related to a area-wide outbreak of hepatitis A, which officials have attempted to contain for the past several months.

For those who might have visited the West Jordan 7-Eleven during the period of possible exposure, experts say anyone who consumed ready-to-eat foods, fresh fruit or fountain drinks or used the store’s restrooms should contact the health department for possible preventative care.

Symptoms can take weeks or months to appear and include nausea, vomiting and fever.

According to a statement by 7-Eleven, employees at the affected location have since received hepatitis A vaccines.

“The health and safety of our customers is our top priority,” the company said. “We are working closely with the Salt Lake County Health Department.”

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