Upper West Side Supermarket Customers Warned of Possible Hepatitis A Exposure

Customers who bought ready-to-eat fruit from Westside Market at 2589 Broadway between Aug. 9 and Aug. 22 may be at risk

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    Some customers at an Upper West Side supermarket are being urged to get vaccinated for hepatitis A after a food handler was found to have the disease, the Health Department says. 

    Customers who ate chopped, ready-to-eat fruit from Westside Market at 2589 Broadway between Aug. 9 and Aug. 22 may have been exposed, according to officials. 

    The disease is spread by eating food that has been contaminated with traces of fecal matter from an infected person. 

    The fruits, which included watermelon, pineapples and coconut, were sold in plastic containers.

    Symptoms of hepatitis A include jaundice, fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea. People typically develop symptoms about a month after they are exposed to the virus, but a vaccine, if administered within 14 days of exposure, can prevent the disease from occurring.

    In a statement Thursday, Westside Market said "the market has been inspected, and every employee was assessed, every single employee is being vaccinated, all of the foods that may have been affected by this potential matter has been discarded, and all of the facilities have been cleansed." 

    The Westside Market estimates it sells about 100 ready-to-eat fruit containers per day.

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