Nearly two dozen people have been infected with Hepatitis A by a food retailer at a Mendham Golf Club over the past month The Mendham Golf & Tennis Club, probably between 9 June and 30 June.
Notifications to those who were exposed to the virus, however, took place only on 5 July.
Officials said that the notification was made in July about two days after the first meeting of the infected grocer.
"At this point they have been notified," said Larry Ragonese, spokesman for the Morris County Office of Health Management.
Ragonese said the grocer had gone to hospital
"There was no delay," he said. "As soon as the hospital notified the state and the state sent its notification of their system … that information went to the community of Mendham and its health officer."
The community announced in a statement on Thursday that the outbreak was contained at the club, which is just a member. A community spokeswoman referred all questions to Kathy Basile of the district health department.
Basile made no comment on Thursday.
The community noted that other cases could develop until August 1
The community indicated that they had contacted the Department of Health of New Jersey and that the grocer "was excluded from work and required medical attention from a doctor to return to work.
Officials said the club sent a letter on July 5 informing all club members about the threat and published a notice in the club.
Communications also advised members "to inform all guests who joined them to dine at the club," said the New Jersey Department of Health.
The community claimed to have carried out an on-site inspection of the club's catering services in compliance with hand hygiene and glove use.
"No food was detected that could possibly have dealt with the infected grocer," the statement said.
All those exposed and unvaccinated were advised to receive treatment within two weeks of the last day, the food handler was contagious and worked in the club.
Hepatitis A, a liver disease caused by a virus, is transmitted mainly through close contact with a person or through the consumption of contaminated food.  "While people with hepatitis A may be quite ill, there is a risk of transmission for those who have had close contact with the case and the patrons of the club who have consumed food prepared by the sick workers," said the State Department of Health.
] The congregation said the club remained "cooperative throughout the investigation when it came to taking all recommended action".
For more information on hepatitis A, see the data sheet of the New Jersey Department of Health.  03] If you have any questions or concerns about hepatitis A, or believe that they have been detected, you can contact the Morris County Office of Health Management at 973-682-4942.
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