McDonald’s Owner Sued After Exposing Customers to Hepatitis A
A McDonald’s owner in Waterloo, New York is under fire after a worker with Hepatitis A was allowed to handle food and drinks.
More Than 1,000 Customers at Risk
According to Reuters, the lawsuit was filed in New York state court in Seneca County against Jascor, Inc. It seeks class-action status for potentially affected customers, who plaintiffs said could number more than 1,000.
The Seneca County Health Department confirmed a case of hepatitis A in a food service worker at the Waterloo McDonald's on November 13. Public health officials said diners had a low risk of contracting the illness, but urged those who had consumed food and/or drinks from the restaurant on November 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8 to consider treatments if they were not previously vaccinated against hepatitis A.
Christopher Welch, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, purchased and consumed products from the restaurant on at least one day when the infected worker was on duty, according to the lawsuit.
A food worker with hepatitis A can contaminate food, drinks, utensils, and dishes by failing to wash his or her hands after going to the bathroom.
About Hepatitis A
The following information was provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis A virus. Infection can result in a variety of outcomes from mild illness to severe illness lasting several months.
- In 2013, there were an estimated 3,473 cases of Hepatitis A infection in the U.S.
- Hepatitis A is transmitted through person-to-person contact and through contaminated food and water