Health dept.: Centerville convenience store employee prepared food with hepatitis A

CENTERVILLE, Ind. -- A Centerville, Indiana convenience store employee prepared food while infected with hepatitis A, the Indiana State Department of Health said Tuesday. 

The health department advises anybody who ate at the Casey General Store in Centerville between July 5 and July 12 to get a hepatitis A vaccination by July 26 to prevent illness.

Those who would like to be vaccinated should visit their primary care doctor, walk-in clinic or pharmacy with a vaccinating pharmacist, but call ahead to verify vaccine availability.

There will also be a public vaccination clinic from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the health department’s multipurpose room, 201 E. Main St., Richmond. 

According to the health department, hepatitis A is usually transmitted person-to-person through fecal-oral routes or by consuming contaminated food or water. Indiana law has required a hepatitis A vaccine for school admission since 2014, so most students preparing to enter fourth grade and younger have already been vaccinated. 

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