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Authorities in northwestern Illinois are trying to figure out why a case of hepatitis A in a McDonald's food handler went unreported for more than three weeks.
An estimated 10,000 people who ate at a McDonald's in Milan are being urged to get preventive treatment for the virus, which can cause fever and abdominal pain.
At least 20 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed in five Illinois counties, said Rock Island County Health Department spokeswoman Theresa Foes.
An infected McDonald's employee came to work on seven days in July, possibly spreading the virus to patrons. Another McDonald's worker was diagnosed June 17, but health officials didn't know about that case until July 13, said Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold.
The most widespread hepatitis A outbreak in the United States afflicted at least 640 people (killing four) in north-eastern Ohio and south-western Pennsylvania in late 2003. The outbreak was blamed on tainted green onions at a restaurant in Monaca, Pennsylvania.
In 1988, 300,000 people in Shanghai, China were infected with HAV after eating clams from a contaminated river.
Originally posted by grover
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Your avatar is extremely distracting.
which is most commonly transmitted by the fecal-oral route via contaminated food or drinking water. Every year, approximately 10 million people worldwide are infected with the virus. The time between infection and the appearance of the symptoms, (the incubation period), is between two and six weeks and the average incubation period is 28 days
Hepatitis A does not have a chronic stage and does not cause permanent liver damage.
Infected individuals are infectious prior to onset of symptoms, roughly 10 days following infection. The virus is resistant to detergent, acid (pH 1), solvents (e.g., ether, chloroform), drying, and temperatures up to 60oC. It can survive for months in fresh and salt water.
Originally posted by Now_Then
And none of the above accounts for the dirty little crap monkey that we all know that out of every 100 fast food employees there is always 1, always one looking for some peer attention by sneaking a bun down his undergruds, or spitting in foodstuffs. betting people they don't know outside of their job to do stuff -- I've know these people, and I have logged them for the future (well past now).
I smell lawsuits.
An infected McDonald's employee came to work on seven days in July, possibly spreading the virus to patrons.
Symptoms include fatigue, abdominal pain, vomiting and fever and can appear from 15 to 50 days after exposure.
People who consumed food or beverages at the Milan restaurant from July 6-10 or July 13-14 were being treated free Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Rock Island High School.
but health officials didn't know about that case until July 13, said Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold.
"Friday July 10th is when it was reported to the Rock Island County Health Department," says Wendy Trute with the Rock Island County Health Dept.
The former employee we spoke with today says that's when she told managers at McDonald's back in June when she first found out about her Hepatitis A diagnosis.
"I got out of the hospital around the 22nd, 23rd," she says. "It was in June when I told them I had it and it took them this long to do something."
When we asked the health department why it took a month for them to find out, here's what they said.
"I don't have an answer to that question for you," Trute says.
"We were not able to reach the person until Monday morning and actually get details as to what their possible duties were and whether they were a food handler, where they work," she says.
Meanwhile, the Rock Island County Sheriff's Department is poised to begin an investigation into what happened, and when.
An investigation into just who knew what in the course of events will be conducted by the Rock Island County Sheriff's Department. A local hepatitis A case confirmed in early June was not reported to the health department, Foes said, adding she had no details on why that might have happened.
Rock Island County officials said they had no estimate Monday on the expenses incurred to date, but Davies and others said the costs have to be significant. County Board Chairman Jim Bohnsack said last week that he wants to see whether McDonald's will help by reimbursing the county.