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Idaho Pizzeria Employee Had Hepatitis A

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CHUBBUCK, Idaho (AP) - Idaho public health officials are alerting recent customers of a Chubbuck pizzeria that one of its employees tested positive for Hepatitis A, a liver disease that can be transmitted through contaminated food.
    
The Idaho State-Journal (http://tinyurl.com/cmgace9) reported Saturday that a Papa Murphy's employee tested positive, prompting temporary closure of the business.
    
The Southeastern Idaho Public Health District says customers who patronized the facility may have been exposed to the infection between April 19-21.
    
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.
    
Hepatitis A symptoms usually last less than two months, although certain individuals can be ill for up to six months.
    
The pizzeria is due to reopen Saturday after thorough cleaning.
    
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