D'Angelo's Hepatitis A OutbreakOn November 20, 2001, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) was notified of seven confirmed hepatitis A cases in the area. All local boards of health were notified, and an investigation of a hepatitis A outbreak linked to two D’Angelo’s Delis began.
Ultimately, the investigation yielded a total of 53 cases meeting the outbreak case definition.
Two of the confirmed cases were food workers employed at Rudy’s Country Store. Both employees had eaten at the Swansea D’Angelo’s three to four weeks prior to the onset of their respective symptoms. Both of the Rudy’s employees who tested positive had contact with food served to customers.
Approximately 1600 persons obtained Immune Globulin shots to prevent hepatitis A infection. No hepatitis A cases were linked to the consumption of food sold at Rudy’s.