Aldi Store Back Open Following Hepatitis A Case

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department says it has been notified of a confirmed case of Hepatitis A in an employee at the Aldi located at 5539 Monroe Street in Sylvania.

Any customers who might have purchased unwrapped, fresh produce between the dates of April 26, 2018 and May 13, 2018 might have a slight risk of getting the virus. All other customers are considered a low risk.

The Health Department reports that Aldi got rid of any additional risk of exposure through a deep cleaning and offering vaccinations to employees.

The Hepatitis A vaccine may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks of exposure. Anyone potentially exposed to Hepatitis A should contact their healthcare provider to be assessed for vaccination.

The Hepatitis A virus is most commonly spread from person-to-person by the fecal-oral route. Most infections result from contact with an infected household member or sex partners. Sometimes, infection results from food or drink that is contaminated with the virus. It is not spread through coughing or sneezing. Anyone who has Hepatitis A can spread the virus to others for 1-2 weeks prior to symptoms appearing.
Those who are interested in receiving a Hepatitis A vaccine are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider or contact the Health Department.