Thousands of customers may have been exposed to hepatitis A after an employee at a Starbucks in New Jersey who handled food tested positive for the disease.
Starbucks patrons who went to 1490 Blackwood Clementon Road on November 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, or 13 may have been at risk for contracting hepatitis A, according to county spokesman Dan Keashen. The same goes for those who went to the 1490 Blackwood Clementon Road Starbucks on November 4 and 5.
Starbucks Customers May Have Been Infected With Hepatitis A
The Camden County Health Department was informed about the incident on Wednesday, and the Gloucester Township Starbucks location was immediately shuttered, according to Keashen, who talked with the media about the situation.
Those who have not been vaccinated against hepatitis A are urged to acquire the vaccine “as soon as possible but no later than 14 days after contact,” according to a health department news statement on Friday.
Camden County Health Officer Paschal Nwako noted that the county health office has been working closely with both the patient and Starbucks staff in the city to resolve the issue. Keeping everyone involved safe and healthy is their number one priority. Close relatives and friends have been identified as possible sources of information for the patient, who is not now working. If you feel you may have been exposed to hepatitis A, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local health department or primary care physician to be vaccinated.”
Keashen claims that on Thursday, public health workers gave out 17 hepatitis A injections to Starbucks staff and set up a mobile immunization clinic in a nearby parking lot on Friday and Saturday, both according to him. Keashen said that thus far, 800 vaccinations have been given out, making this the largest hepatitis A vaccination program in the state’s history.
According to Keashen, Starbucks states that the site is crowded, as are most of its outlets. Although they claim to have 600 daily visitors, many of whom may be repeat customers who come in many times throughout the day, their advertising exposure is likely to be in the tens of thousands of dollars per day at the very least.
There is no longer any danger to the Starbucks employee who was infected. So far, no one has tested positive for hepatitis A after being exposed to the virus, says a spokesperson.
He learned that both he and his daughter had been exposed to the hepatitis A virus. As a consequence of getting his immunizations, Keashen told the media that he was feeling better.
You should be vaccinated right away if you come into contact with anything that came out of the drive-thru or stepped inside the establishment. Due to a limited supply of vaccines in the state, putting together the required number of doses was time-consuming.
As a result, Keashen said, the state’s public health department officials had to travel throughout the state to collect vaccines. There are just a few hepatitis A vaccinations available in New Jersey. Although demand for the vaccination is rising, the county has been able to secure 500 doses for a second pop-up clinic slated for Wednesday.