Dixie Highway Kroger employee tests positive for hep. A

Published: Mar. 3, 2018 at 12:42 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 23, 2018 at 5:15 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Kroger employee infected with hepatitis A was working in the store's produce section while infected, Kroger said in a release on Friday.

The associate worked at the 4915 Dixie Highway store.

Customers who shopped in the produce section at that location from Feb. 4 - 28 may have been exposed to the heptatitis A virus, Kroger said.

Kroger encouraged customers who may have been exposed to familiarize themselves with the symptoms of hepatitis A and seek medical attention if needed.

Produce purchased from the Dixie Highway Kroger during that time should be discarded.

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Kroger is cooperating fully with local and state health officials to identify associates and customers who may be at risk for infection, the company said in a statement.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

"Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It is usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water. Hepatitis A is a self-limited disease that does not result in chronic infection. Most adults with hepatitis A have symptoms, including fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice, that usually resolve within 2 months of infection; most children less than 6 years of age do not have symptoms or have an unrecognized infection. Antibodies produced in response to hepatitis A infection last for life and protect against reinfection. The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is to get vaccinated."

Customers who may have been exposed are encouraged to visit www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav for more information.

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