In November, more than 1,000 customers were potentially exposed to Hepatitis A after having their meal at McDonald’s prepared by an employee who was recently diagnosed (Nov. 13th) with the virus. The employee who works at a location in Waterloo, New York, could have contaminated food, utensils or dishes if they didn’t wash their hands after using the bathroom. The Seneca County Health Department has advised the community that if they ate at the Waterloo McDonald’s on Nov. 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and or 8th, that they need to be tested and vaccinated.
However, one customer is suing.
The branch’s owner, Jascor Inc., is being sued by Christopher Welch in a class-action lawsuit, filed on Nov. 18th, for potentially exposing people to the virus, which causes liver infections. Mr. Welch ate at the restaurant on at least one occasion when the worker was present so he received the vaccination. Some of the customers who ate there during that time have said they will get tested but not get the vaccine.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
“Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis A virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter — even in microscopic amounts — from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the feces, or stool, of an infected person.”
While public health officials said that diners had a low risk of contracting the illness, they urged those who consumed food and/or drinks from the restaurant, during that 5 day period, to consider treatments if they were not previously vaccinated against hepatitis A. The CDC’s website says that while many people will not have any symptoms, things to look for are, ” Fever, Fatigue, Loss of appetite, Nausea, Vomiting, Abdominal pain, Dark urine, Clay-colored bowel movements, Joint pain and Jaundice (a yellowing of the skin or eyes).
The lesson here? Be wary when you eat out. Our schedules are so busy now and many feel that fast food is the only viable option while running errands or kids to this or that activity, but a little bit of planning ahead may save you from having no other option.
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