CHUBBUCK — Southeastern Idaho Public Health officials confirmed Thursday that a Papa Murphy’s employee tested positive for Hepatitis A.

    Customers who patronized the facility located at 4837 Yellowstone Ave. may have been exposed to the infection on April 19-21.

    Currently, health officials say there is no evidence there has been a hepatitis A outbreak in association with the Papa Murphy’s in Chubbuck.

    However, while the risk to public health is low, the possibility still remains that Papa Murphy’s customers could have been exposed to hepatitis A.

    Hepatitis A is an acute infectious disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus, or HAV, which is usually spread by the fecal-oral route and is transmitted from person-to-person by ingestion of contaminated food or water through direct contact with an infectious person.

    The time between infection and the appearance of the symptoms is between two and six weeks. Early symptoms can be mistaken for influenza, but some sufferers, especially children, exhibit no symptoms at all. Symptoms may include: Fatigue, fever, nausea, appetite loss, jaundice, a yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes due to hyperbilirubinemia, dark amber urine and clay-colored feces.

    Hepatitis A symptoms usually end within less than two months, although experts say certain individuals can be ill for up to six months.

     Papa Murphy’s representatives say the employee is believed to have practiced good hand hygiene but could have inadvertently contaminated food and drinks at the establishment.

     “Papa Murphy’s is working in full cooperation with the health department. There have been no reported cases of hepatitis A from other employees or guests that have purchased products from the Chubbuck location,” said Matt DeMargel, the public relations director for Papa Murphy’s. “All Papa Murphy’s stores follow good hand washing hygiene procedures and wear gloves when preparing products and serving guests.”

    The Chubbuck store was closed Friday for a thorough cleaning but will be open for business again today.

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