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OCEAN CITY — A worker at the city’s Dunkin’ Donuts tested positive for hepatitis A, according to the Cape May County Health Department.

The department and the state Department of Health announced there was a single case of the contagious liver disease in one employee who works at the shop at 962 West Ave.

The employee, who was not identified, worked while potentially infectious from Jan. 27 to 31.

While officials said the risk to customers who ate or drank there on those days is low, they recommend those customers receive a post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP, vaccine and/or an immune globulin, which can also decrease the risk of getting the disease.

In order for it to be effective, the PEP should be administered as soon as possible, but no later than Feb. 14, according to the release. Those who have already been vaccinated against hepatitis A do not need to receive a PEP.

Those who suspect they have symptoms of hepatitis A, which include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain and jaundice, should contact their health care provider, officials said.

All employees affected were identified and able to return to work after receiving a PEP, according to the release. The restaurant has been cleared to reopen.

For more information, call the county Health Department at 609-465-1200.

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Staff Writer

My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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