HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A food service worker at popular Tamashiro Market in Kalihi has tested positive for Hepatitis A, the state Health Department said Friday.
It's the seventh case of a food service worker to fall ill from Hepatitis A amid a growing outbreak of the disease.
The Tamashiro employee worked in the fish market on July 2, 4, 6-8, 11-13, 15-19, and 23. Customers are urged to contact their healthcare provider immediately for advice.
Cyrus Tamashiro, president of the market, said all of the eatery's employees are being tested for Hepatitis A, and won't be allowed to return to work until they're determined to be virus-free.
The market closed Friday and will reopen "when it receives reports clearing tested employees," Tamashiro said, in a statement. "Tamashiro Market apologizes for the inconvenience, but feels it is a necessary step to protect the health of its customers and staff."
The Tamashiro Market case comes as Hawaii health officials scramble to determine the source of the rapidly spreading outbreak, which has sickened at least 135 people since mid-June.
Food service workers at several Oahu locations, including Baskin-Robbins in Waikele, Taco Bell in Waipio and Costco in Hawaii Kai, have also tested positive for Hepatitis A. And last week, officials announced a flight attendant for Hawaiian Airlines was among those who have gotten sick.
But the Health Department is stressing that none of the eateries have been identified as the source of the outbreak, which remains unknown.
"Tamashiro Market is not at fault for this," state Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park said, in a news release.
"But given that much of what is sold there is typically prepared and purchased raw, it is important to inform the public of possible exposure. This business understands that public health is our primary concern, and they have been working with us to help prevent new cases."
HEPATITIS A IN FOOD SERVICE WORKERS:
The likelihood that a food service worker passes Hepatitis A on to customers is low. Still, patrons who ate at the identified establishments during the dates of service below are being asked to seek medical advice.