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Employee at Jerry's Deli in Westwood diagnosed with hepatitis; patrons urged to seek vaccinations

December 1, 2010 |  7:22 pm

An employee at Jerry's Deli in Westwood has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, prompting health officials Wednesday to warn people who ate sandwiches there in November to be tested for the virus.

Customers who ate sandwiches at the popular eatery near UCLA on Nov. 18, 21, 23 or 24 are urged to receive an immune globulin shot or a hepatitis A vaccine shot no later than 14 days from the date they visited the deli, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in an alert issued Wednesday evening.

The agency said the virus is spread through close contact with contaminated individuals and through fecal contamination of food or drink.

Public Health Director Jonathan E. Fielding said officials have not received any notice of customers who have contracted the virus. "We are actively investigating the situation and working with the management at Jerry's Deli to prevent any possible spread of the disease," he said.

-- Robert J. Lopez