Hepatitis A Outbreak in New Jersey
A Hepatitis A outbreak at a NJ golf club has led to one death and has sickened dozens more, according to a report from NJ.com. The incident occurred at the Mendham Golf & Tennis Club between June 9 and June 30, according to the Morris County Office of Health Management.
The people were infected by a food handler who was compromised, according to the report. Originally, authorities believed that only 22 people had been compromised by the food handler. The officials did not provide an identification of the person who passed away and failed to definitively say if the person actually died from Hepatitis A.
Officials with the township of Mendham said that more cases could arise as late as August 19, because that would be 50 days from when the food handler was last considered to be infectious. The incubation period for Hepatitis A is typically between 15 and 50 days. All of the people who were exposed to Hepatitis A were notified as of July 5.
The report also noted that the food handler went to a local hospital at an undisclosed date for testing. The test results showed that the handler did indeed have Hepatitis A. Mendham Township officials said that the worker was not allowed to return to the job until medical clearance was provided.
An investigation at the golf club of the food present was conducted and concluded that the foodservice complied with glove use rules and hygiene procedures. It was found that no food that could have been handled by the employee was noted in the investigation.
Food poisoning is a serious medical issue that can lead to death if not treated properly or quickly. We implore you to contact our experienced attorneys immediately if you were notified of exposure to Hepatitis A. Not only do you have a claim for personal injury, you also have the basis for a claim of premises liability. The golf club had a duty to provide you with clean and sanitary conditions, including food that was not infected. Our team will be able to investigate the case, review your medical records and pursue compensation for the injuries you have suffered.
What are the Symptoms of Hepatitis A?
If you believe you were exposed to someone with Hepatitis A, you should be on the lookout for the following symptoms:
- Loss of appetite
- Joint pain
- Dark urine
- A low-grade fever
- Vomiting and sudden nausea
- Bowel movements that are clay-colored
- Abdominal discomfort and pain
- Jaundice (yellow skin)
- Itchy skin
- Pain in the upper right portion of your stomach
- White parts of your eyes yellows
Contact a Chatham Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Premises Liability Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to food poisoning in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The certified attorneys at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari represent clients injured because of food poisoning in Chatham, Jersey City, Sea Girt, North Bergen, and throughout New Jersey. Call 973-635-5400 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at one Main Street in Chatham, as well as offices in Jersey City, Sea Girt and North Bergen.
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