STATES CHRONICLE – Detroit’s health representatives have complained about two cases of hepatitis A because of the consumption of products produced by Whole Foods Market. On October 20, the Detroit Health Department has announced that the first case of hepatitis was an employee from the Whole Foods market and probably the second person who got infected may have been contacting the virus from the food handler. Medical officials are advising people who consumed prepared food from this grocery store between October 6 and October 12 that they should visit their physicians to make sure they are prescribed a preventive treatment for this disease.
The grocery store which was affected is situated on Mack Avenue. Hepatitis develops as an inflammation of the liver due to the infection with the dangerous virus. This disease has three different types of evolution which also express different symptoms. The types are A, B, and C. Based on the public information issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Hepatitis A is very contagious, being transmitting very quickly through a mere contact with the infected individual. It can also be transmitted through fecal exposure, contaminated water of food, and even orally. If you get your shots in time, you can be the lucky person able to avoid the infection.
Authorities are not 100% sure if those individuals who got infected with the virus managed to get their shots in time, not to spread the illness even more. The cause of infection of the food handler could not be yet established, authorities being prepared to conduct some more tests to examine if it was because of food. As far as we know, every well-known supermarket has a strict protocol which regards food safety.
Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, who is the CEO and health officer of Detroit Health Department, has asserted that he and his team will protect the rest of community, engaging in activities which are bound to reestablish safety in the area. He also confessed that Whole Foods market has been very cooperative, helping at the investigation. The affected grocery store has started reviewing and checking if there was a breach in the food safety protocol. The personnel of the Whole Foods market is determined to discover what the cause of the Hepatitis A case was. If you are a customer of this grocery store, you should get your health checked.
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