Public Health Alert: Hepatitis A Case Confirmed in Somerville, NJ

Post Date:11/04/2019

The New Jersey Department of Health is working with the Somerset County Department of Health and Wakefern Corporation to notify individuals who shop at the ShopRite in Somerville about a single case of hepatitis A in a food handler who is employed at ShopRite food market located at 1 S. Davenport St., Somerville, NJ 08876.

The individual worked during the time when they were able to spread the virus to others, also known as the infectious period, from Oct.13 to 30, 2019. Any items purchased from this in-store deli (Appy) should be thrown away.

The Health Department is recommending the following:

  • Any items purchased from the in-store deli (Appy) at ShopRite of Somerville from Oct. 13 to 30, 2019, should be thrown away.
  • Individuals who may have eaten items purchased at the in-store deli (Appy) from the ShopRite of Somerville from Oct. 13 to 30, 2019, and who were not previously vaccinated against hepatitis A, should get the hepatitis A vaccine to prevent getting sick. To be effective, the hepatitis A vaccine should be received as soon as possible, but no later than two weeks after eating food from this deli. For most people, this date would be Nov. 13, 2019.
    • NOTE: Immunocompromised (persons with weakened immune systems) should talk with their healthcare provider about getting immunoglobulin or Ig instead of the vaccine.
  • Anyone who used the restrooms at the ShopRite of Somerville from Oct. 13 to 30, 2019, should also consider getting vaccinated. The hepatitis A vaccine should be received as soon as possible, but no later than Nov. 13, 2019.

Hepatitis A vaccine may be obtained from the ShopRite pharmacy or your health care provider. The ShopRite of Somerville has an in-store pharmacy that offers the hepatitis A vaccine. ShopRite pharmacies accept most insurance plans.

If you think you may have eaten items purchased at the in-store deli (Appy) or used the restrooms at the ShopRite of Somerville and have no access to a health care provider or insurance, you may call Zufall Health at 908-526-2335 to get more information about getting care. Zufall Health is located at 71 Fourth St., Somerville, NJ 08876. Their hours are Monday (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Tuesday (7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.), Wednesday (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Thursday (7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Friday (7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Saturday (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Be sure to mention the ShopRite hepatitis A event when you call. There may be a cost associated with your visit.

For additional questions, call the Somerset County Health Department hotline at 908-203-6014.

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It is usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water. Hepatitis A is a self-limited disease that does not result in chronic infection. Most adults with hepatitis A have symptoms, including fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice, which usually resolve within two months of infection; most children less than 6 years of age do not have symptoms or have an unrecognized infection. Antibodies produced in response to hepatitis A infection last for life and protect against reinfection. The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is to be vaccinated. 

Answers to frequently asked questions about hepatitis A are available at https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/faq/hepatitis_a_faq.pdf

For more information, visit the Somerset County Department of Health website at www.co.somerset.nj.us/health.

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Namitha Reddy, MD, MPH, Director and Health Officer

Phone: 908-231-7155
 After Hours: For emergencies, dial 9-1-1
 Fax: 908-704-8042 
 Mail: 27 Warren Street, P.O. Box 3000 Somerville, NJ 08876
 Email: HealthDept@co.somerset.nj.us
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Somerset County Department of Health will host a third Hepatitis A vaccination clinic on Friday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 27 Warren St., Somerville, NJ 08876. No appointment is necessary. Vaccinations for adults 19 and older will be given on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.  Pediatric vaccine (for children 18 and under) will not be available at this clinic.  Free parking is available in the parking deck next to the human services building. Please come dressed appropriately for the cold and inclement weather. Bring an umbrella if needed.

Click here for more information on vaccine referrals for hepatitis A.

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