If you shopped at a 7-Eleven in North Merrick, L.I., recently, you may have been exposed to hepatitis A.
An employee at 7-Eleven on Jerusalem Ave. has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, a highly contagious liver infection that could have been passed on to customers, ABC reported.
Nassau County health officials said customers who used the restroom at the store or consumed food or drinks prepared on-site between Feb. 1 and March 6 may have been exposed to the disease.
“Per 7-Eleven’s policy, the independent franchise owner is sanitizing the store and destroying any contaminated items. We plan to work closely with the Nassau County Health Department to ensure the store and its employees are cleared to return to normal store operations,” the company wrote in a statement reported by ABC.
According to the Mayo Clinic, hepatitis A symptoms can include sudden nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, low-grade fever and joint pain. Anyone showing symptoms should visit their physician.
Anyone who may have been exposed to the disease is urged to get a free hepatitis A vaccination or immune globulin, County Executive Laura Curran and Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein said at a press conference Friday.