If you frequent a certain San Jose Jamba Juice, you should probably stop by the doctor’s office and receive a hepatitis A vaccine, as an employee was discovered to be infectious for nearly two weeks:
A food handler at the smoothie franchise’s store at 1140 Lincoln Ave. tested positive for the disease and was infectious for 12 days this month while working, officials said. The employee worked Aug. 1-3, 6-9 and 11-16.People who have been vaccinated for hepatitis A or have had the illness in the past are not at risk of infection.
Though Santa Clara county officials are stressing that the chance of infection is very small (due to “good hand hygiene and food safety practices”), they are encouraging vaccines for people under 40. For people over 40, infants and people with liver problems, immune globulin is recommended.
Jamba Juice will reportedly pay for treatment for those affected. More information about hep A, including symptoms and treatment, is available on the Santa Clara County Public Health website.