23 infected with hepatitis A at NJ golf and tennis club

Kimberly Dole
August 16, 2019 - 6:43 pm

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MENDHAM, N.J. (1010 WINS) — The New Jersey Department of Health says there are 23 confirmed cases of hepatitis A in connection to this outbreak with one person reported as seriously ill.

New Jersey health officials say that anyone who dined at the Mendham Golf and Tennis Club between June 9 and June 30 could have come in contact with the virus and should contact your health care provider.

Hepatitis A virus is found in the stool of infected people, according to a New Jersey Department of Health fact sheet.

People become infected by swallowing the virus, which can occur when infected people do not wash their hands properly after using the bathroom, then touch food that is eaten by someone else.  

Hepatitis A is mainly spread very close person-to-person contact or contaminated food.

Club members were notified about the potential risk on July 5.

“We learned in early July that one of our employees had been diagnosed with hepatitis A. Since then, we have taken a number of actions to safeguard our members, guests, and employees," The Mendham Golf and Tennis Club said in a statement. "This effort has included working closely with the Morris County Office of Health Management and New Jersey State Department of Health and following all of their recommendations to address the situation and keep our members informed."

"We won’t be commenting further at this point.” They added.

Mendham officials say the incubation period for hepatitis A is 15-50 days, so secondary cases related to the food handler may develop as late as Aug. 19.

Mendham Township officials also sent a letter to club members, recommending anyone who dined at the club between June 9 and June 30 to seek advice from their medical provider.

Township health department officials said that club management is cooperating with efforts to identify possible infected individuals.

"We have taken a number of actions to safeguard our members, guests, and employees," club general manager Joseph Kelly wrote in a statement.

Officials also requested increased cleaning of restroom facilities and other objects or materials which possibly carry infection, and scheduled an onsite food handling class held Aug. 6. that will include training with with food handlers to emphasize the importance of hand-washing.  

Some people who contract hepatitis A may show no initial symptoms. Others may experience symptoms including fever, fatigue, stomach pain, diarrhea, poor appetite, vomiting, dark yellow urine and yellow skin or eyes.

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