Bad news if you’ve eaten at the Waterloo McDonald’s in New York City in past few weeks, as you may have (but probably didn’t) contracted quite a nasty disease. This is revealed after a customer sues a McDonald’s restaurant for exposure to Hepatitis A.
The Seneca County Health Department has confirmed the presence of the virus in one of the restaurants employees, prompting a disgruntled customer to quickly sue the restaurant for potentially serving contaminated food.
Even though the Health Department warns that transmission in this case is unlikely, they have urged customers who ate at the restaurant on November 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8 and do not have their hepatitis shots to quickly go and get them.
They even offered free vaccinations for two days following the incident, in the hopes that no customers will contract the virus. However, they say that at least 1000 customers could become plaintiffs.
The customer who sued the restaurant, named Cristopher Welch, did so after finding out that an employee came in to work even though he had been diagnosed with the disease. The owner of the McDonald’s unit, Jascor Incorporated, had no comments regarding the issue.
Hepatitis A is not that easy to spot, even though some of the symptoms are quite obvious. Jaundice (yellow/orange coloration of the skin and eyes), loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pains, fever and even joint pains are some of the symptoms associated with the disease.
The virus is also very easily transmittable, a single employee potentially being able to infect hundreds of people by serving them food, and even more by infecting the kitchen’s utensils if he were to not wash his hands after visiting the toilet.
Dr. Vicky Swinehart, Director of the Seneca County Public Health Department, says that fortunately, the people did take the issue seriously, and a very large number of the potentially infected customers reported for vaccination.
That is very good news, since the county has not faced a large-scale hepatitis epidemic in at least 22 years, and it would have been very difficult to contain.
Even though currently the class action lawsuit is not for any money, customers can sue the restaurant for a large number of reasons, some of which include medical expenses, emotional, mental, and physical stress, travelling expenses, and many, many others.
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