Employee at Trader Joe's in Reno diagnosed with hepatitis A
An employee at the Trader Joe's in Reno has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Washoe County Health District.
Spokesperson Phil Ulibarri says the employee is both a checker and a stocker at Trader Joe's, located at 5035 S McCarran Blvd. Stockers wear gloves when they stock food, but checkers do not, he adds. Initially, the health district said the employee did not handle raw food.
The grocery has posted about a dozen notices inside the store. The notice, written by the Washoe County Health District, reads: "If you shopped at this Trader Joe's location between 10/20/17 and 10/31/17, you may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus. If so, please take an informational letter from the Customer Service area."
In addition, Trader Joe's is handing out notices to customers.
The health district is asking anyone else who shows symptoms to report it to their health care provider.
Ulibarri says the chances the employee has spread hepatitis A to another person is not likely.
However, according to the Mayo Clinic, "Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. You're most likely to get hepatitis A from contaminated food or water or from close contact with a person or object that's infected. Mild cases of hepatitis A don't require treatment."
The employee, Ulibarri says, has been excluded from working at the store until their condition clears up.
Symptoms of hepatitis A
Hepatitis A signs and symptoms typically don't appear until you've had the virus for a few weeks. But not everyone with hepatitis A develops them. If you do, hepatitis signs and symptoms can include:
• Sudden nausea and vomiting
• Abdominal pain or discomfort, especially on the upper right side beneath your lower ribs (by your liver)
• Clay-colored bowel movements
• Loss of appetite
• Low-grade fever
• Dark urine
• Joint pain
• Yellowing of the skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
• Intense itching