CDC Warns Folks Who Bought Meat In Skowhegan Of Possible Hepatitis A Exposure
If you purchased food from the Skowhegan Walmart deli, the CDC wants you to be on the lookout for symptoms of Hepatitis A, as a worker there recently tested positive for the disease.
According to WABI TV5's website:
"CDC officials say...the worker handled food while infectious at Walmart, 60 Fairgrounds Market Place, Skowhegan, on May 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19 and 21. The employee worked from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on all of the dates listed."
The Maine Center For Disease Control says folks should first check the dates on food items that may have purchased during that time frame, and throw them out if there's an overlap, just to be safe.
From the Maine CDC website:
"Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter - even in microscopic amounts - from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the feces or stool of an infected person."
The CDC says folks with compromised immune systems, like kids under 6, could be at greater risk of the disease.
"It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months."
They say there is a vaccine people can get to help prevent the disease, but the timing of the vaccination is crucial.
Symptoms can show up anywhere from 28 days to 50 days after an individual is exposed. Signs someone might have Hepatitis A include fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, dark-colored urine, nausea, and stomach pain.
If you think you may have been exposed to Hep A through tainted food at the deli, the CDC recommends reaching out to your healthcare provider.
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