Food worker diagnosed with Hepatitis A in Wayne County, W.Va.

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CEREDO, W.Va. (WYMT/WSAZ) -- A second food worker case of hepatitis A has been reported in Wayne County.

Officials at the Wayne County Health Department confirm an employee who works at Java Joe's has been diagnosed with the disease. According to a press release issued Tuesday, the employee works at the Java Joe's in the 400 block of 4th Street in the Ceredo Plaza as well as the cafe in the 1000 block of Oak Street in Kenova.

The risk of possible exposure is between June first and June 10th at the Ceredo location and June 3 at the Kenova location. Health department officials say anyone who had food or drinks at the cafes during that time span should consider getting the hepatitis A vaccine.

Health department officials reiterate that the risk of disease transmission through food is "very low."

"Hepatitis A vaccine is available from most health care providers, pharmacies, and urgent care clinics, but you should call ahead to ensure availability," health department officials stated. "The purpose of this alert is preventative; no cases resulting from exposure at the restaurant have been reported. A WCHD investigation finds the restaurant to be safe for operation today."

Health department officials say Java Joe's alerted the health department as soon as the company was made aware of the situation.

People can contact the WCHD with questions at (304) 272-6761.

One of the best ways to avoid contracting hepatitis A is to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and hot water. Vaccinations are most effective within 14 days of exposure.