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May 26, 2023
The Snohomish County Health Department has identified a case of hepatitis A that occurred in a food worker who worked at two Taco Bell locations: 2727 Broadway in Everett and 303 91st Ave NE in Lake Stevens. Potential exposures at the Everett location were May 22-23, and potential exposures at the Lake Stevens location were May 23. Public notice has been provided via a news release and public postings at the businesses.
The confirmed case appears to have been infected during international travel. The Health Department is working with the business to identify other workers who were potentially exposed and connect them with prevention information as well as resources for vaccination and post-exposure prophylaxis, as needed.
The hepatitis A virus typically spreads through fecal contamination. The illness varies in severity, with mild cases lasting two weeks or less. More severe cases can last six weeks or longer. Some individuals, especially children, may not develop jaundice and may have an illness so mild that it can go unnoticed. However, even mildly ill people can still be highly infectious.