SOMERVILLE, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Health is continuing to work with the Somerset County Department of Health and Wakefern Corp. to notify individuals who shop at the ShopRite in Somerville about a single case of hepatitis A in a food handler who is employed there.
The individual worked during the time when they were able to spread the virus to others, also known as the infectious period, from Oct.13 to 30, 2019. Any items purchased from this in-store deli/appy department should be thrown away.
The Somerset County Department of Health will host a special walk-in clinic to provide free hepatitis A vaccinations at the county Human Services Building, 27 Warren Street, Somerville, from noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, and Thursday, Nov. 7. Free parking is available in the parking deck next to the building.
For further information, contact the Somerset County Department of Health hepatitis A hotline at 908-203-6014.
Anyone who consumed food and/or drink from the deli/appy department at the Somerville ShopRite, located at 1 S. Davenport St., or used the rest room at this store between Oct. 13 and 30, and has not previously received the hepatitis A vaccination, is encouraged to visit this clinic to receive the vaccine. No appointment is necessary. For directions to the human services building, go to https://www.co.somerset.nj.us/about/county-complex-directions/human-services
The Health Department is recommending the following:
Any items purchased from the in-store deli/appy department at ShopRite of Somerville from Oct. 13 to 30 should be thrown away.
Individuals who may have eaten items purchased at the in-store deli/appy department from the ShopRite of Somerville from Oct. 13 to 30 and who were not previously vaccinated against hepatitis A, should get the hepatitis A vaccine to prevent getting sick. To be effective, the hepatitis A vaccine should be received as soon as possible, but no later than two weeks after eating food from this deli. For most people, this date would be Nov. 13, 2019.
NOTE: The immunocompromised (persons with weakened immune systems) should talk with their healthcare provider about getting immunoglobulin or Ig instead of the vaccine.
Anyone who used the restrooms at the ShopRite of Somerville from Oct. 13 to 30 should also consider getting vaccinated. The hepatitis A vaccine should be received as soon as possible, but no later than Nov. 13, 2019.
If you believe you were exposed you should also:
Monitor your health for symptoms of hepatitis A infection including fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea and jaundice up to 50 days after exposure.
Wash your hands with soap and warm water frequently and thoroughly, especially after using the bathroom and before preparing food.
Stay at home and contact your healthcare provider immediately if symptoms of hepatitis A infection develop.
If you have additional concerns about your health, contact your own health care provider for individualized guidance.