USA Today reports:
An employee at a Starbucks in New Jersey tested positive for hepatitis A and was around co-workers and customers while contagious. The news prompted the restaurant to urge thousands of patrons to receive hepatitis A shots.
Hepatitis A is one of several hepatitis viruses, which can cause inflammation and affect liver function, often caused by ingesting contaminated food or water. It is known to be contagious, with a person capable of contracting the virus from close contact, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Camden County Health Department officer Paschal Nwako said in a public statement that a health care provider that treated the unnamed employee informed the department, located in Blackwood, N.J., on Wednesday. In response, the Starbucks restaurant was immediately closed.
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