PATERSON, NJ - A food handler at Brother’s Produce has been recently diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to New Jersey Department of Health officials.
In statement officials announced that the employee worked while potentially infectious between September 30 and October 5, 2019 and recommended that any produce purchased from Brother’s Produce during this time be discarded.
Furthermore, the statement urged individuals who may have eaten produce from Brother’s Produce during this time, and who were not previously vaccinated against hepatitis A, should receive “post-exposure prophylaxis” (PEP). PEP consists of hepatitis A vaccine and/or immune globulin which can further reduce the risk of acquiring hepatitis A. To be effective, PEP should be received as soon as possible, but no later than two weeks after eating contaminated food. For most people, this date would be October 19.
PEP may be obtained from your health care provider
The Paterson Department of Health has a limited amount of PEP available to adults (age 19 and up) and are providing the vaccine at their office at 176 Broadway, on a first come, first served basis Sunday and Monday from 9 AM to 2 PM. No appointment is necessary.
For additional questions, you can leave a message with the Paterson Department of Health at 973-321-1277 x 2757.
Hepatitis A, a disease of the liver, is mainly spread via close person to person contact or via contaminated food. Symptoms of hepatitis A may include fever, feeling tired, poor appetite, dark yellow urine, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, yellow skin or eyes. Symptoms usually appear within 3 to 4 weeks after infection.