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Employee of Huntington Starbucks test positive for hepatitis A

The Cabell-Huntington Health Department says a food service worker has tested positive for hepatitis A at the Starbucks in Pullman Square in Huntington. (MGN Online/CDC)

The Cabell-Huntington Health Department says a food service worker has tested positive for hepatitis A at the Starbucks in Pullman Square in Huntington.

A release from the health department said customers could be at risk if they consumed food or drinks from the restaurant on July 2 or July 3, however, customers have a very low risk of contracting hepatitis A from food prepared in the restaurant.

The release said an investigation has found no breach of safe food handling protocol.

The restaurant voluntarily closed for disinfectant cleaning.

“As soon as we were notified of this single partner diagnosis, we acted quickly to minimize risks to customers and partners (employees),” a Starbucks spokesperson in a release. “Out of an abundance of caution we thoroughly sanitized our store, and are working closely with the health department to ensure the store remains safe for customers and partners.”

This is the latest case in a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A. The last confirmed case in Cabell County was in late June at a Cracker Barrel in Barboursville.

For more on the local hepatitis A outbreak, click here.

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