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McDonald's Hepatitis A Outbreak

During the summer of 2009, public health officials in the Quad-City region of Illinois identified 32 confirmed cases of hepatitis A among patrons of the McDonald's restaurant in Milan, Illinois. At least eleven people were hospitalized due to the severity of their hepatitis A symptoms.

According to news reports, the hepatitis A outbreak timeline is as follows:

  • June 17, 2009A person who works at the McDonald’s restaurant in Milan, Illinois, is diagnosed with hepatitis A.
July 10, 2009 The Rock Island County Public Health Department (RICPHD) learns that five people, including two from Mercer County, have tested positive for hepatitis A. July 13, 2009 The RICPHD learns of the McDonald’s worker’s hepatitis A infection via a report delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.July 14, 2009 Representatives from RICPHD visit the Milan McDonald’s restaurant and instruct McDonald’s employees on proper hand-washing techniques to prevent the spread of hepatitis A. July 15, 2009 RICPHD becomes aware of four additional hepatitis A cases, and learns that one is a second McDonald’s employee. The Milan McDonald’s is closed for deep cleaning, and a formal notice regarding the hepatitis A outbreak is issued. All McDonald’s employees are tested for hepatitis A.July 21 and 22, 2009 Thousands of people exposed to the hepatitis A virus through the consumption of food prepared at the Milan McDonald’s restaurant receive hepatitis A vaccinations or Immune Globulin injections to prevent hepatitis A infection.

July 23, 2009, the Marler Clark law firm filed a class action lawsuit against McDonald’s on behalf of all individuals who received a hepatitis A vaccination or Immune Globulin injection to prevent becoming ill with hepatitis A infection. The firm has also filed individual lawsuits on behalf of three people who became ill with hepatitis A infections after consuming food purchased from the Milan, Illinois, McDonald's restaurant.

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