Hepatitis A scare at Upper West Side market after food handler falls ill

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Westside Market

The Department of Health is warning of possible Hepatitis contamination of the food at an Upper West Side market after a food handler became sick.

Anyone who ate chopped, ready-to-eat fruit from the Westside Market at 2589 Broadway between 97th and 98th Streets from Aug. 9th to Aug. 22nd may be at risk.

The Westside Market told health department officials that they sell around 100 of the fruit containers daily.  Anyone who ate the fruit during that time is considered at risk and urged to receive a preventive vaccine.

READ THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S STATEMENT

According to the health department:

“Hepatitis A is spread by eating food (even though it might look clean) that has been contaminated with traces of fecal matter from an infected person. Symptoms include jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin), fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea. People typically develop symptoms of hepatitis A infection about one month (range is 15 to 50 days) after they are exposed to the virus. However, if people are vaccinated within 14 days of exposure, it can prevent the disease from occurring.”

READ THE WESTSIDE MARKET HEPATITIS A FAQ

For those who may have been exposed, they can either visit their regular doctor for the shot or one of the DOH vaccination sites listed below:

The Health Department will offer free hepatitis A vaccinations starting tomorrow at MS 258: Community Action School located at 154 West 93rd Street New York, NY 10025 at the following times:

Friday, August 23: 2pm – 8pm

Saturday, August 24:  10am – 2pm

Sunday, August 25:  2pm – 6pm

Monday, August 26:  2pm – 8pm

*(Those with insurance, please bring your insurance card with you)