Jerry's Deli employee diagnosed with hepatitis A, leads to health alert

An employee of Jerry’s Deli in Westwood has been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

Los Angeles County Public Health officials have issued a "Health Alert" for the popular eatery near UCLA.

Public Health Director Dr. Jonathan Fielding says that if you ate a sandwich from there on November 18, 21, 23, or 24, you should should receive an immune globulin shot or a hepatitis A .

“The risk for any individual – even if they’ve eaten those sandwiches there on those days – is low," says Fielding, "but there is some risk. And because we know that food handlers can transmit hepatitis A and this individual did have characteristics that we think could, in fact, put some customers at risk of acquiring this.”

Fielding says people must get their shots within 14 days of exposure in order to reduce or prevent illness. Signs and symptoms include yellowish eyes or skin, nausea and vomiting.

Again, this Health Alert is only for folks who ate sandwiches from that Jerry’s Deli on those specified days. No other cases have been reported yet.

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