The dangers of fast-food have been massively discussed over the past years and the health problems occurring because of fast-food consumption are quite alarming. But besides obesity and heart problems, there is now the risk of getting other diseases from fast-food restaurants. On November 13, the Health Department confirmed that a McDonald’s worker has hepatitis and now McDonald’s gets sued for exposing customers to hepatitis A.
One of the customers filed a lawsuit against the restaurant citing that he might have been exposed to the virus that can cause liver infections. The lawsuit was more specifically filed against Jascor Inc., the company that owns that McDonald’s and there is a possibility that there are more than a thousand plaintiffs.
Hepatitis A is indeed contagious and can be spread by contaminating the objects which are touched or handled by the person caring the virus more specifically if the person infected didn’t wash their hands before handling any objects. In this case, the possibly contaminated things we talk about can be anything from food and drinks to utensils and dishes. This virus can cause inflammation and can affect the liver.
Despite this, officials assured customers that there is a very slight probability of contracting the virus. However, they have taken all the necessary measures to make sure, everyone is safe. They asked the people who were not vaccinated and have consumed food or drinks from the restaurant in early November to get treated just in case. The clinics are going to provide preventive treatment to customers who might have been exposed to the virus and the Seneca Health Department will provide hepatitis A vaccines for free.
Although dangerous, mild cases of hepatitis A don’t necessarily need to be treated, and the patients can smoothly recover without permanent damage to the liver. The most typical symptoms that appear on a hepatitis A patient are: jaundice, dark urine, fatigue abdominal pain and clay-colored bowel as well as loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. Nonetheless, not everyone caring the virus can manifest symptoms, so you will have to be careful with your hygiene either way.
All in all, the McDonald’s owned by Jascor Inc. may have a lot to suffer from the lawsuit, although there is a chance that no one was actually infected. But, whatever the outcome is, we should keep our eyes open for signs of infection and always wash our hands to make sure we minimize the risks of getting sick.
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