Bakery worker at Hawaii Kai Costco confirmed to have Hepatitis A

Bakery worker at Hawaii Kai Costco confirmed to have Hepatitis A
Published: Jul. 28, 2016 at 5:05 PM HST|Updated: Jul. 28, 2016 at 9:43 PM HST
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HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii Kai Costco customers are being alerted that a food service worker in the bakery has been confirmed to have Hepatitis A.

The case is the latest food service worker to be included in a growing Hepatitis A outbreak.

Since the outbreak started in mid-June, at least 93 people have gotten sick, including two food service workers in Central Oahu and an employee at a sushi restaurant in Waikoloa. Of those 29 have been hospitalized.

The Department of Health confirmed that more than 2,000 Costco customers are being contacted, and urged to monitor for symptoms. Costco is using receipts to determine who might be at risk.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A infection include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, diarrhea, and yellow skin and eyes.

Meanwhile, the source of the outbreak remains unknown.

Health Department officials have said that the chances of a food service worker with Hepatitis A passing the illness onto customers through food is low.

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