Reno Trader Joe's worker has Hepatitis A; customers notified

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - An employee at Trader Joe’s in Reno has contracted Hepatitis A and the store has had to post notices to inform customers.

Washoe District Health Department spokesman Phil Ulibarri said the store notified the health department of the infected employee in early November, as required by law.

The employee worked as both a stocker and a checker. As a stocker, the employee wore gloves, but as a checker did not, so there was a potential for exposure, Ulibarri said.

He called the store cooperative.

The Reno Trader Joe's referred questions to corporate offices and no one was available.

The Centers for Disease Control says Hepatitis A is a liver infection transmitted orally or by consuming contaminated food or water.
Symptoms include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice and usually ends within two months of infection.

It was the second Hepatitis A case in Washoe County this year, Ulibarri said. There were no reported cases in 2016 or 2015.