POSTED: 5:23 pm MDT April 19, 2009
UPDATED: 10:34 am MDT April 20, 2009
of Coloradans are potentially exposed to Hepatitis A.
Tri-County Health Department said a produce handler from the Albertsons
grocery store at 3615 West Bowles Avenue in Littleton has tested positive
for Hepatitis A.
is a viral infection transmitted by feces. It is spread when a person does
not properly wash his/her hands after using the restroom, then touches food
that is eaten by someone else.
ate the food handled by this employee could be infected. No other
Albertsons store locations are affected.
potentially contaminated foods are limited to:
· green onions
· celery that has the leaves cut off
· lettuce that is not pre-bagged
· watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew melon
that has been cut into half or quarters
· cut watermelon which was inside plastic
store records, about 3,000 of these items were sold.
Health said the employee did wear gloves and washed his or her hands most
of the time, but there is still concern for public safety.
review, we found a few situations where things were not exactly correct and
they could not recite the exact approach and we wanted to error on the side
of protection," said Dr. Richard Vogt, executive director of
ate any of these listed fruits or vegetables is urged to get a vaccination
for free from the Tri-County Health Department. The shots will be given at
the Columbine United Church, 6375 South Platte Canyon Road, Monday from 4
p.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Vogt said if
you believe you have eaten any of these fruits or vegetables do not wait
for symptoms of Hepatitis A before seeing a doctor as there are no
medications for the virus, which has flu-like symptoms.
contract the virus you will have to let it run its course, which could be
two to six weeks according to Vogt.
A is not a disease you want to have," said Vogt. "It is annoying
and can make you feel fairly ill."
vaccination, however, will prevent the illness.