Los Angeles County Public Health investigating Hepatitis A case at Beverly Hills grocery store

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The Los Angeles Department of Public Health is investigating a recent case of hepatitis A traced to a local grocery store.

Officials say an employee at a Beverly Hills Whole Foods, located at 239 North Crescent Drive, tested positive for the virus.

The employee worked at the seafood counter, prompting Public Health to recommend that anyone who purchased products at the store’s seafood counter between April 20 and May 13 get vaccinated against the virus. hepatitis A if she is not already immune.

This is the second time in recent days that LA County officials have warned the public about hepatitis A. Public health says several unhoused people have tested positive for the virus since mid-March.

Hepatitis A affects the liver and spreads from person to person, many of whom do not know they have the virus. Medical authorities can only diagnose infection from a person’s blood or stool.

Although the current risk to the public is low, Public Health recommends that residents take the following steps to help prevent the spread of the disease:

  • Check to see if you have been vaccinated against hepatitis A. If not, contact your doctor to determine if you need to be vaccinated. Vaccination is the best way to prevent hepatitis A.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before eating and preparing food and after using the toilet.

Hepatitis A can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months. Symptoms of hepatitis include fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, dark urine, or yellow eyes/skin. Although rare, hepatitis A can cause death in some people.

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