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Posted on: January 11, 2024

Positive Hepatitis A in a food handler at Olive Garden

For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 11, 2024

Contact:  Director Frank J. DiMarco (856-853-3386)

Deputy Director Jim Jefferson (856-853-3384)

Positive Hepatitis A in a food handler at Olive Garden 

The Gloucester County Department of Health (GCDOH) has received confirmation of positive Hepatitis A in a food handler at Olive Garden at 1500 Almonesson Rd. Deptford, NJ, on the following dates: December 26, 2023, through December 30, 2023.

Hepatitis A is a viral illness.   Symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, poor appetite, jaundice, and dark urine.   Symptoms usually appear 2 to 7 weeks after exposure. If you previously received the Hepatitis A vaccine, you are not at risk; please check with your healthcare provider if unsure of your vaccine status. For unvaccinated individuals, while the risk is low, it is not absent.  The risk may be further lowered by receiving the Hepatitis A vaccine within two weeks of exposure. Therefore, if you have not been vaccinated and believe you may have been exposed, it's essential to follow up with your healthcare provider. 

To ensure the safety of all patrons, the Gloucester County Department of Health is working directly with the establishment to provide vaccination to potentially exposed unvaccinated coworkers.   

Hepatitis A can be prevented, or its impact reduced through vaccination within two weeks of exposure.  Hepatitis A vaccine may be obtained from your healthcare provider or from a pharmacy with a prescription. Individuals should schedule an appointment with their healthcare provider or pharmacy. 

Gloucester County Department of Health conducted a full retail food establishment inspection of the facility on March 17, 2023, with a satisfactory rating. Re-inspection occurred on January 10, 2024, with a satisfactory rating.  Gloucester County Department of Health continues collaborating with the Olive Garden as they continue to maintain proper protocols.  

Gloucester County Department of Health is working closely with the New Jersey Department of Health and the restaurant facility to protect the public and prevent further spread of disease.  

If residents have questions or concerns, please call 856-218-4151.  

Residents can also visit the Gloucester County Department of Health website at  www.gloucestercountynj.gov

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