Highly Contagious Hepatitis A Discovered in McDonald's Employee

Nov 30, 2015, 14:35 ET from The Merman Law Firm

HOUSTON, Nov. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Merman Law Firm is accepting cases in relation to The Seneca County Health Department reports indicating that a case of Hepatitis A has been confirmed in an employee of McDonald's in Waterloo, New York. This employee did work shifts while being infected with Hepatitis A. During the employee's shift it is possible that the virus was shed. As a result, health officials recommended that anyone who ate at the McDonald's at 2500 Mound Rd. in Waterloo, New York, seek medical attention. Health officials recommended that those who have not yet been vaccinated for Hepatitis A visit a clinic to receive a vaccination.

Hepatitis A is a very contagious liver disease that occurs after contact with fecal matter contaminated with the Hepatitis A virus. The illness that results from infection can range from mild to severe. Those infected with Hepatitis A will show symptoms including fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, joint pain, and yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice).

Symptoms of Hepatitis A may remain for a few weeks, but in severe cases the symptoms can linger for months. In some cases, children will not show symptoms of infection. In many cases, although they may feel sick for months, those sickened by Hepatitis A will recover completely. In persons over 50 and those with other liver infections, Hepatitis A can cause liver failure and death. A case of Hepatitis A is important to detect because the victim may not know that they are infected, and only microscopic amounts of the organism are required to infect someone.

Hepatitis A can be prevented with a vaccination. It is a highly effective vaccine, and it greatly reduces the chance of infection. This vaccination is not required for children to attend school, but is recommended by health officials. The vaccine begins to protect someone between 2 and 4 weeks after the first injection. If a second injection is given within 6 months, long term protection can be achieved. There are no major side effects associated with the vaccine.

So far there have been no cases of Hepatitis A connected with this employee. However, health officials have recommended that people who ate at the fast food restaurant between October 31st and November 8th be vaccinated for Hepatitis A.

If you or a loved one shows the symptoms of a Hepatitis A infection after eating at McDonald's in Waterloo, New York, contact a medical professional in order to confirm the diagnosis. The most important thing with a Hepatitis A infection is detecting and confirming it early. Your personal health and safety are what is most important. At the Merman Law Firm, the health and safety of you and your loved ones is our top priority. If you or someone you know was forced to be vaccinated or attend a clinic because of this negligence, we encourage you to fill out an online case evaluation form. The lawyers of the Merman Law Firm have a large amount of experience in food safety cases and are ready to help all people affected by food safety negligence. 

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