It may have happened on one of the busiest and most crowded days on the church calendar: Christmas.
From the New York Daily News:
Department and church officials did not name the source of the virus, but said that people who attended services at 10:30 a.m. and noon at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Massapequa Park could have been exposed during the Communion ceremony, when priests, deacons and selected parishioners distribute wafers and wine.
“We feel the transmission [level] is low,” she told Newsday, saying only a few people were possibly exposed. “And to protect the public from potential illness, those who received Holy Communion on Dec. 25 should receive prophylactic treatment.”
Hepatitis A is not as dangerous as hepatitis B and C. Most people infected with it experience flu symptoms like fever, nausea and diarrhea. It does not lead to chronic liver disease, like hepatitis B and C.
It is normally transmitted by food that is handled by an infected person who has not washed his or her hands properly, or if an infected person’s stool comes in contact with food.
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