Subway Franchise Faces Claims From Over Thirty-One Hepatitis A VictimsA Class Action Lawsuit was filed today in King County Superior Court against the two Subway sandwich shops implicated in the recent Hepatitis A outbreak. The named plaintiff is Anita Schuerhoff. Ms. Schuerhoff ate a sandwich purchased at the Subway located at 18002 15th NE in Shoreline on September 19, 1999. On October 15, she began to feel weak and dizzy. She also suffered severe nausea. She had had numerous visits to the doctors and repeated lab test. She had been unable to work for several weeks. Because she has been exposed to this virus, she is no longer able to give blood or donate an organ.
According to the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health thirty-one Washington residents have reported contracting the Hepatitis A virus since October 15, 1999. The majority of the individuals who have contracted the virus live or work in Northeast Seattle or East Shoreline. An investigation by the Health Department has determined the likely sources of the outbreak to be two North Seattle Subway sandwich shops. (See release from the Seattle-King Co. Department of Public Health.) “Unfortunately, the number of victims is likely to rise because the incubation period can be several weeks and there is a substantial risk of person-to-person exposure,” said William Marler, a partner at the Seattle law firm of Marler Clark.
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