Health Department warns of potential hepatitis A exposure at South Philly Acme

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Health officials are warning customers of a South Philadelphia supermarket about possible exposure to hepatitis A.

The Philadelphia Health Department recently confirmed that an employee at the Acme on the 1400 block of East Passyunk Avenue has acute hepatitis A. 

Officials say the store is aware of the situation and is working collaboratively with the health department.

The risk of hepatitis A infection is very low. But the Health Department is recommending people who ate pre-cut fruit and vegetables purchased from the Acme Market between March 17 and March 29 of this year receive the hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible. 

People who have previously received two doses of hepatitis A vaccine, or have had hepatitis A in the past do not need to be vaccinated.

For anyone who may not know what hepatitis A is or how to spot the symptoms, KYW Newsradio's Medical Editor Dr. Brian McDonough helps us fill in some blanks. 

"The symptoms of hepatitis A are fatigue, nausea, vomiting, you have loss of appetite, a low grade fever you'll notice maybe that your urine is dark or that your stools are clay colored," he explained. "You get jaundice and yellowing of the skin if it progresses, but most people who are exposed will probably not develop symptoms."

Lastly, McDonough says the best way to prevent the symptoms is to get the vaccine, so why even risk it?