Starbucks employee tested positive for Hepatitis A, potentially exposing tens of thousands of customers
The hepatitis A virus is something you don’t want in your Pumpkin Spice Latte (HAV). A Starbucks employee in Blackwood, New Jersey, tested positive for HAV and had worked at the business for six days while potentially transmitting the virus. As a result, thousands of clients could have been exposed to the HAV as a result of the employee’s error. This isn’t a little or medium-sized issue. It’s a trenta-scale public health issue.
As a result, when the Camden County Department of Health became aware of the problem on November 17, they decided that the Starbucks incident warranted an immediate investigation by their hepatitis A-team. Members of their Food Surveillance Unit visited the Starbucks located at 1490 Blackwood Clementon Road in Gloucester Township, as stated in their News Alert released on November 18. There was no indication of food safety breaches at the store, according to the Unit. In addition, a Starbucks spokesman stated that the employee did not work at the store after the HAV test resulted in a positive result.
Nonetheless, it was decided that the store should be closed and remain closed until all of its employees had received hepatitis A vaccinations. Customers who usually shop at 1490 Blackwood Clementon Road Starbucks would have had to locate another location during that construction. And you’re well aware of how difficult it is to locate another Starbucks.
Although the employee did not work at the store after testing positive for HAV, he or she was most likely infectious previous to the test result. He was confirmed to have been contagious while working at the Starbucks store from November 4 to 6 and November 11 to 13. So, if you were at the store on any of those days and ordered a Venti Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino with five bananas, extra caramel drizzle, extra whipped cream, extra ice, extra Cinnamon Dolce Sprinkles, seven pumps of Dark Caramel Sauce, extra Caramel Crunch Topping, one pump Honey Blend, extra Salted Butter Topping, five pumps of Frappuccino Roast, and seven Frappuccino Chips, made with heavy cream
If you haven’t already been vaccinated against HAV and are 12 months or older, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible, within 2 weeks of exposure. If you have risk factors for poorer hepatitis A outcomes, such as pre-existing liver disease or a weakened immune system, you should also have GamaSTAN S/D immune globulin (0.1 mL/kg). The Camden County Department of Health has set up a hepatitis A vaccine clinic at the Camden County Sustainable Facility on Lakeland Road, 508 Lakeland Road, to vaccinate anyone who has been exposed.