Twenty two people got sick and more then 4500 people received preventive shots during a recent hepatitis A outbreak in Illinois and Iowa. Two employees at a McDonald’s Illinois restaurant were among the sickened.
Rock Island County Health Department in Illinos and Scott County Health Department in Iowa investigated the outbreak and held a vaccine clinic at the Rock Island High School and drew more then 4400 people Monday and Tuesday.
Two lawsuits have been filed. One from a family claiming their son was hospitalized for four days after eating at the Milan McDonald’s in Northwestern Illinois. The other lawsuit from a man who got preventive shots after eating at the same restaurant.
Seattle attorney Bill Marler represents the plaintiffs in both lawsuits and is seeking a class action status in the case.
The owner of the franchised McDonald’s, Kevin Murphy, made a statement that he and his staff took immediate action to address concerns raised by county health officials as soon as they identified the problem.