Another food service worker has come down with hepatitis A, this time an employee of Ohana Seafood, a vendor in the Sam’s Club warehouse store in Pearl City, the Health Department announced today.
Food handled by the worker may have been sold from Aug. 29 to Sept. 11, and anyone who may have consumed it may want to get a protective vaccine or immune globulin, although the risk of transmission is very low, the department said.
“We expect to continue seeing new cases of hepatitis A infection through at least early October because of the long incubation period for this illness, even though the source of the outbreak has been identified as contaminated scallops,” said Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist.
“While this case involves a food handler working with raw seafood, the food handler is another victim, and none of the products sold by Ohana Seafood at Sam’s Club have been identified as a source of the ongoing outbreak.”
So far, 271 people have come down with hepatitis A in the current outbreak, which was traced to contaminated scallops served at Genki Sushi restaurants.