Health Department cautions of potential Hepatitis A exposure from South Philadelphia market

While the danger of contracting Hepatitis A is low, the Health Department is encouraging any individual who ate pre-cut fruits and vegetables from an Acme grocery store to get a Hepatitis A immunization at the earliest opportunity.

Jessica Azad, a physician assistant who shops at the supermarket on the 1400 block of Passyunk Avenue, “I buy all my food here. I get my son’s food here. That’s something that could be preventable, so why would you give contaminated food when you could prevent it from happening?”

The Health Department released the alert Saturday that a worker of Acme has intense Hepatitis A. That worker approached cut fruit and vegetables available to be purchased in the store from Sunday, March 17 to Friday, March 29.

Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver. It can spread when an individual who has Hepatitis A does not wash their hands all around completely in the wake of utilizing the bathroom and then prepares food.

Chris Walter, a client says, “I’m the only one (in my family) who tends to eat the sliced fruit. I don’t think I got it between the 17 to the 29, but it’s a little concerning. I typically do ingest this stuff and it’s like, ‘Dude! Why aren’t you washing your hands?”

Symptoms of Hepatitis A can incorporate vomiting, diarrhea, fever, low energy, and stomach pain which typically appear six weeks after contact.

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