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Seafood handler at Sam's Pearl City tests positive for Hepatitis A

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PEARL CITY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A seafood handler who works at a vendor in Sam's Pearl City has tested positive for Hepatitis A as part of an ongoing outbreak linked to tainted scallops.

The food service worker is an employee of Ohana Seafood. Food handled by the employee may have been sold from Aug. 29 to Sept. 11.

There is a very small risk the employee passed the illness onto customers.

“We expect to continue seeing new cases of Hepatitis A infection through at least early October because of the long incubation period for this illness, even though the source of the outbreak has been identified as contaminated scallops,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park, in a news release.

“While this case involves a food handler working with raw seafood, the food handler is another victim, and none of the products sold by Ohana Seafood at Sam’s Club have been identified as a source of the ongoing outbreak.”

To date, the state Health Department has confirmed 271 cases of Hepatitis as part of the outbreak.

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