By Jory Lange

The Camden County Health Department reports that an employee tested positive for Hepatitis A at Starbucks at 1490 Blackwood Clementon Road in Gloucester Township.  The employee infected Hepatitis A served Starbucks customers on November 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13.  The Health Department urges anyone who went to the Starbucks at 1490 Blackwood Clementon Road in Gloucester Township, New Jersey on those dates to get a Hepatitis A vaccine. 

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“The county health department has been working closely with the patient and the staff at the Starbucks to address the situation,” Camden County Health Officer Paschal Nwako said. “Our highest priority is ensuring everyone involved remains safe and healthy. The patient is not currently working, and close contacts have been identified. We encourage anyone who may believe they were exposed to get vaccinated against hepatitis A by calling the county health department or your primary care physician.”

Hepatitis A Symptoms

Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter, even in microscopic amounts, from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the feces or stool of an infected person. Signs and symptoms of hepatitis A can include the following:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Dark urine
  • Clay-colored bowel movement
  • Joint pain
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)

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Symptoms of the disease surface two to four weeks after exposure, although they can in some instances occur two to seven weeks after exposure. Children under six years of age with hepatitis A often do not have or show few signs and symptoms.