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A female worker at a San Jose, California, Willow Glen Jamba Juice store has developed hepatitis A, announced the chief medical officer for Santa Clara County. She put approximately 4,000 customers who frequented the store during the shifts she worked at risk for the virus.

Hepatitis A is a serious, infectious disease of the liver that is transmitted by oral-fecal passage. The disease can be transmitted by infected food workers with poor hygiene, as could possibly have been the case with this infected Jamba Juice food worker. County authorities concede that the virus could have been transmitted if the infected food worker forgot to wash her hands. There are no reported cases as yet of any Hepatitis A outbreak from the affected Jamba Juice.

Since the woman who was infected with Hepatitis A was working with food for twelve days during the acute stage of the disease (when it is highly contagious), county health authorities in Santa Clara County determined not to take any chances. County health officers are advising that anyone who ate at the San Jose Willow Glen Jamba Juice between August 9 and 16 get inoculated against Hep A. Patrons who came to the Willow Glen Jamba Juice between the 1st and the 8th should watch for symptoms of the disease.

For more information on this subject matter, please refer to the section on Defective and Dangerous Products.

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