No risk to public after two Tri-City Beverage employees test positive for Hepatitis A

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Employees have been vaccinated and the plant cleaned after two Tri-City Beverage employees test positive for Hepatitis A.

News Channel 11 reached out to Tri-City Beverage after receiving several messages and calls about the case.

According to company president Charles Gordon, the first employee received a positive test on May 7.

Gordon told News Channel 11 that employee does not work in the production areas of the plant, but cleans vending machines.

Gordon said the Washington County Health Department reviewed the case. Employees were vaccinated and areas were sterilized as directed.

According to Gordon, the health department gave them a “clean bill of health” to continue bottling processes.

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Gordon said the second case was discovered the week of May 12. This time, it was a production worker.

Gordon said the man went to his personal doctor, who tested him for Hepatitis A.

The doctor directed the man to stay home for a month.

Gordon said the health department indicated there was no risk from this patient.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, Hepatitis A “is a contagious, vaccine-preventable liver infection that is spread in the feces of infected people.”

Tennessee Department of Health statistics show that from December 1, 2017 until May 17, 2019, there have been 55 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A in the Northeast Region and 30 cases in Sullivan County.

The Northeast Region consists of Johnson, Carter, Unicoi, Washington, Greene, Hawkins and Hancock Counties.

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