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Food worker contracts hepatitis A in West Virginia county

June 13, 2018

CEREDO, W.Va. (AP) — Health officials in West Virginia say a county has confirmed a second case of a food service worker being diagnosed with hepatitis A.

News outlets report Wayne County health officials say in a news release the latest case involves an employee who works at Java Joe’s locations in Ceredo and Kenova.

An employee at a pizza restaurant in Ceredo was diagnosed with the disease last month.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hepatitis A is a communicable disease of the liver caused by a virus. It is usually transmitted person-to-person or by consuming contaminated food or water.

A Kanawha County resident died last month related to the hepatitis A outbreak. There have been dozens of other confirmed or suspected cases, but health officials say the risk to the general public remains low.

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