Hepatitis A Scare Widens at Long Island Church

More parishioners could be at risk for the disease

Friday, Jan 7, 2011  |  Updated 6:46 AM EDT
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Hepatitis A Scare Widens at Long Island Church

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More people may have been exposed to hepatitis A while receiving Holy Communion at a Catholic church on Long Island than previously thought, health officials warned.

Anyone who received Holy Communion at either the 10:30 a.m. or noon Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Massapequa Park on Christmas Day may have been exposed, the Nassau County Health Department said earlier this week.

On Thursday they said parishioners at the 1:30 p.m. Mass that day, as well as five Masses the following day also may be at risk. An unidentitifed person distributing Holy Communion is suspected of having the disease, but officials have declined to name anyone, citing privacy concerns.

Health officials will return to the church on Friday, again offering vaccines to anyone who may have been exposed.

The disease is rarely fatal and most people recover in a few weeks without any complications.


 

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