WEST JORDAN, Utah – Health leaders in Salt Lake County say that many people are approaching after they issued an alert about an outbreak of hepatitis A in a 7-11 in West Jordan.  From 8 a.m. On Monday morning, the Salt Lake County Health Department has answered calls from people who are concerned about the outbreak that occurred on 7-11 at 7800 South 2666 West.
So far, the health department has received 343 references regarding the exhibition.
"The calls came even before 8 o'clock, we had staff answering those calls, so many that we needed to increase the number of people taking the calls," said Gary Edwards, executive director, SLCO Health Dept.
Worker infected with the virus may have handled food and other items between December 26 and January 3.
Officials said that they could be exposed if they used the restrooms or handled products from the following areas:
- Self-serve beverage or fountain drink
- Fresh fruit
- Hot food case foods – pizza, puppies Hot, Chicken, or Taquitos
The health department is urging people who may have been exposed to a pharmacy, health care provider, or health department to get an injection.
there on December 26, tomorrow is the last day for them to receive that preventive vaccine, "said Edwards.
As of 1 pm On Monday, the health department sent 256 people to receive a vaccine.
Health leaders say that food service handlers in Utah are not required to have a hepatitis A vaccine.
Utah faces an outbreak of ongoing hepatitis where 60% of patients have been hospitalized Many of those infected are users of illegal or homeless drugs.
For most people who get Hepatitis A, they will recover.It has no long-term consequences.
They are people who have other health conditions. Underlying conditions that are more likely to have serious complications.
If you have questions, call the hotline at 385-468-4636.