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Potential hepatitis A exposure for Dunkin' Donuts worker in Steuben County

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FILE - This Jan. 22, 2018, file photo shows a Dunkin' Donuts logo on a shop in Mount Lebanon, Pa. The Massachusetts-based coffee and donuts empire is teaming with Post Consumer Brands to release two new breakfast cereals based on two of its most popular coffee drinks: Caramel Macchiato and Mocha Latte. The new cereals are expected to hit grocery shelves in late August 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

(WHAM) - Steuben County Public Health officials are raising awareness about an employee who tested positive for hepatitis A and worked for several days at a Dunkin' Donuts location in Steuben County while infectious.

The person who tested positive worked at the Dunkin' Donuts location on West Morris Street in Bath from August 17-22.

Customers and co-workers could potentially have been put at risk of acquiring hepatitis A infection, albeit a low risk. If anyone who was there during that time frame has not previously been vaccinated for hepatitis A , public health officials are suggesting those people monitor their health for 50 days for any symptoms.

Symptoms of hepatitis A infections include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored stool, joint pain, or jaundice.

“The Hepatitis A virus can be transmitted through consuming food or drinks that have been contaminated by an infectious individual,” said Darlene Smith, Steuben County Public Health Director. “We recommend all residents get the Hepatitis A vaccine as part of their routine vaccine schedule.”

Questions can be directed to the Steuben County Public Health Department at (607) 664-2438.

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