McDonald’s restaurant operator gets sued over Hepatitis A outbreak linked to one worker in the McDonald’s restaurant in Waterloo, New York.
Although public health authorities declined to release the identity of the McDonald’s worker, he was diagnosed with Hepatitis A shortly after a few customers at the same Waterloo location were diagnosed as well.
McDonald’s restaurant operator gets sued over Hepatitis A outbreak in which approximately 1,000 people have been diagnosed with the liver-affecting disease. On Wednesday, one customer filed the lawsuit against Jascor Inc., a McDonald’s restaurant operator. The majority of these locations aren’t opened by McDonald’s Corp., but rather by independent operators.
The lawsuit has been filed in the Seneca County, New York State against Jascor Inc. This is a class-action lawsuit which implies that if the one customer who filed the lawsuit wins the case, all other customers diagnosed with Hepatitis A linked to the Waterloo restaurant have the right to be compensated.
On November 13th, the Health Department of the Seneca County confirmed that a McDonald’s worker in the Waterloo facility had been infected with Hepatitis A. The number of potentially affected customers isn’t known yet. However, estimates indicate that around 1,000 people could be victims to the outbreak.
In light of these news, public health officials stated that people who haven’t been vaccinated against the contagious virus should consider treatment. Moreover, if they had been present in the McDonald’s restaurant on November 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 8th, the urgency of the matter is pressing.
The lawsuit against Jascor Inc has been filed by Christopher Welch. The plaintiff stated that he had purchased food products from the Waterloo location at least in one of the days when the McDonald’s worker was preparing the orders.
The Hepatitis A virus may be easily transmitted through food, particularly if the person preparing it or serving it fails to wash their hands. The Health Department of the Seneca County offered vaccines to those who believe they might have been in contact with the virus.
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