According to the Florida Health Department, hepatitis A is a highly contagious disease that affects the liver. And the best way to avoid the virus is through careful cleanliness and a vaccine.
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Employees of a Paterson department store working with a grocer tested positive for hepatitis A are being investigated for the disease, the company said.

Brothers Produce on East Railway Avenue remains open to business after state health officials confirmed the hepatitis A case on Friday. All products in the store between September 30 and October 5 were thrown away when a potential threat occurred.

"Brothers Produce has been a family-run business in Paterson for over two decades," the statement said. "The first priority of our family was and is the health and safety of our customers and employees."

The statement says that the employee with hepatitis no longer works there.

The New Jersey Health Department urged consumers to do so during this time bought products from brothers to throw them away and get vaccinated.

The state has provided the Paterson Health Department with a limited supply of vaccines, known as post-exposure prophylaxis or PEP, to be distributed to individuals without health insurance.

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Colleagues will provide PEP at the city's Health Department 176 Broadway on Monday from 9am to 2pm while supplies last.

To be effective, the vaccine must be taken no later than two weeks after consumption of contaminated food.

Hepatitis A According to health authorities, distribution is mainly through close personal contact or through contaminated food. Symptoms, which usually occur three to four weeks after infection, include fever, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark yellow urine, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting and yellow skin or eyes.

For more information, contact the Paterson Department at Health at 973-321-1277, ext. 2757. Frequently asked questions about Hepatitis A can be found at: /documents/faq/hepatitis_a_faq.pdf.[19459004[19659007[19459030[19459034<JoshuaJongsmaisteinaktuellerReporterfürNorthJerseycomAbonnierenSiehierumuneingeschränktenZugangzuallenwichtigenNeuigkeiteninNorthJerseyzuerhaltenMeldenSiesichfürunserenNewsletteranumaktuelleNachrichtendirektinIhremPosteingangzuerhalten

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