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Wayne health officials warn of possible hepatitis A exposure

Posted December 20, 2011
Updated December 21, 2011

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— The Wayne County Health Department issued a warning Tuesday that people who visited a Goldsboro yogurt shop might have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus.

The exposure might have occurred between Dec. 1 and Dec. 7 because of an infection in an employee of Fruity Yogurt, at 317 Spence Ave., officials said. The employee was diagnosed on Dec. 14, and anyone who was exposed could experience symptoms as early as Thursday and as late as Jan. 25, officials said.

Hepatitis A is usually spread by eating or drinking items that have been contaminated with the virus or by close personal contact with an infected person. Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, diarrhea, nausea and abdominal discomfort. Urine may become darker in color, and jaundice may appear.

People who visited the yogurt shop on Dec. 7 are asked to go to the Wayne County Health Department, 301 N. Herman St. in Goldsboro, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday to get vaccinated against the hepatitis A virus.

For more information, call Carolyn King of the health department at 919-731-1290.

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  • pediatrician Dec 21, 2011

    Hep A vaccine is now a recommended vaccine for 1 and 2 yr old checkups.