Hepatitis A scare at Upper West Side market after food handler got sick

Posted at 9:07 AM, Aug 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-23 09:33:35-04

Manhattan (PIX11)- The Westside Market at Broadway and West 98th Street is known for its fresh food but now a worker infected with Hepatitis A, who handles the preprared fruit at the market, could have exposed hundreds if not thousands of customers over a three week period.

While the disease is rarely deadly, Hep A can certainly make you sick with symptoms of jaundice, nausea and diarrhea.

The City’s Health Department says if you were a customer between August 9th through the 22nd and you ate the chopped, ready to eat fruit in plastic containers, you could have been exposed.

Ken Petti is one of those people. “I eat fresh cut watermelon there practically every day. Guess I gotta get shot!”

The Health Department is offering free HEP A vaccines for anyone who wants one.
So starting today, you can get the shot at MS 258, Community Action School at 154 West 93rd Street.

Friday, August 23: 2pm -8pm
Saturday, August 24: 10am -2pm
Sunday, August 25: 2pm -6pm
Monday, August 26: 2pm-8pm

The Health Department estimates that the market sells 100 ready-to-eat fruit containers per day.

While the store owner declined to comment, there was a sign posted near the fruit containers to warn customers of the situation.