Hundreds rush to get hepatitis A vaccines after 7-Eleven scare

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SALT LAKE COUNTY (News4Utah)- Health officials are issuing a warning after it was discovered an employee who works at a West Jordan 7-Eleven has Hepatitis A.

They say up to 2,000 customers who entered the store located at 2666 West 7800 South between December 26 and January 3 may have been exposed.

Anyone who used the restroom, purchased a fountain drink, fruit, or any hot food items run a risk for contamination. Officials Salt Lake County Health Department remind the public the hepatitis a outbreak has been ongoing since August.

“While the infected 7-Eleven employee is epistemologically linked to the outbreak, there are so far no cases of illness tied to the store,” they said.

Dr. Richard Gilroy with Intermountain Medical Center has dealt with scares like these in the past. He says it’s rare for a person exposed to develop an acute illness, but if it does happen it can seriously damage the liver and in rare cases be life threatening.

Clinical symptoms of the disease include jaundice, stomach pains, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.

Health officials say hepatitis A has an incubation period of 2-7 week, so we will not know if anyone was infected for several weeks.

They say there is a two week window post exposure to get a preventive vaccination. 

Anyone with question may call the Salt Lake County Health Department at 385-468-4636 

Monday officials with the health department said they received 496 calls about the scare. 343 people were referred for the preventative hepatitis A Vaccine.

At the Salt Lake County immunization clinic 129 people were given the vaccine.

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