Hundreds of N.D. Catholics Possibly Exposed to Hepatitis A

By | September 4, 2019


(Image source: Fargo Forum / Michael Vosburg) BY BRIANA ALTERGOTT Hundreds of North Dakota Catholics might have
been exposed to hepatitis A — by a bishop. The Department of Health is warning patrons
at five North Dakota Catholic churches they might have been exposed to the virus during
communion over the last few weeks. (Via WJW-TV) Officials have determined Bishop John Folda
returned from Rome with the liver infection. “People were exposed, I first have to say,
I’m sorry they may have been exposed to it. I said to my staff I’d rather cut off my arm
than deliberately pass this onto anyone.” (Via KMSP) But apparently, there’s only a slight chance
churchgoers could actually become infected. An immunization program manager for the state
health department told NBC, “The risk of people getting hepatitis A in this situation is low,
but the Department of Health felt it was important for people to know about the possible exposure.” Hepatitis A is usually transferred by exposure
to an infected person or through contaminated food or beverages. (Via WXXA) According to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, the virus is rarely deadly and typically clears up in a few weeks. But
it can cause serious liver problems. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite,
and nausea.  Hundreds of people are thought to have been
at risk of exposure, but health officials insist only those who are showing symptoms
should get tested.

3 thoughts on “Hundreds of N.D. Catholics Possibly Exposed to Hepatitis A

  1. Lu Hoffma Post author

    doubt anyone will get it from communion. People are all protected

    Reply
  2. Travels & Chases Post author

    All they have to do is pray and they should be fine…

    Reply

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