Local deli worker diagnosed with Hepatitis A, health department says

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — A local deli worker has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A, the Shelby County Health Department said.

The employee recently handled food at Zayde’s Deli located at 6560 Poplar Avenue.

The employee worked during a period of time when ill or infectious and potentially exposed customers to the virus, a release stated.

According to the release. those who may have ate or drank at the deli or consumed take-out meals from the restaurant between June 29 and July 7, are advised to receive a hepatitis A vaccination as soon as possible as a preventative measure.

If you believe you have been exposed, you may receive a vaccination from your health care provider or from one of the Health Department’s clinics listed here: https://www.shelbytnhealth.com/Facilities.

You can call 901-222-9980 for an appointment, though it is not needed.

Hepatitis A is usually transmitted from person to person through contact with contaminated feces or the consumption of contaminated food or water, the health department said.

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dark urine
  • Weight loss
  • Yellow skin and eyes

“If given within 14 days of exposure, the hepatitis A vaccine is highly effective in preventing infection among those exposed to the virus,” said Shelby County Health Officer Dr. Bruce Randolph. “The Health Department is offering hepatitis A vaccination free of charge to those who may have been exposed at this restaurant.”

Anyone with questions about hepatitis A or the Health Department’s response may call 901-222-9243.