Anyone who visited Starbucks in New Jersey on November 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13 (address: 1490 Blackwood Clementon Road) was at risk of contracting hepatitis A.
The Camden County Department of Health was notified of the incident on Wednesday, November 17, and Starbucks was shut down immediately.
People who have been to a cafe and have not been vaccinated against hepatitis A are advised to receive the vaccine “as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days after contact with the infected person,” according to an official statement from the Department of Health.
“The county health department is working closely with patients and Starbucks staff to address the situation,” said Pascal Nvako, a Camden County health specialist. “Our highest priority is to ensure that all contacts are safe and healthy. The patient is not currently working. Anyone who suspects that they have been exposed to hepatitis A is encouraged to get vaccinated against hepatitis A by calling the county health department or contacting their GP. “
Public health officials provided 17 hepatitis A vaccines to Starbucks on Thursday, Nov. 18, and an adjoining vaccination point was set up on Friday and Saturday, Dens Kishens, a spokesman for the area.
A Starbucks employee who was infected with the virus is currently in quarantine and recovering. So far, no other contact has had a positive hepatitis A test, the spokesman said.
“I learned that my daughter and I may be at risk for hepatitis A. I had the opportunity to get vaccinated today, and in the end I feel good,” Kishen said.
According to US national statistics, hepatitis A rates in the United States have fallen by more than 95% since the vaccine first became available in 1995.