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    Possible Hepatits A Outbreak from Holy Communion At New York Church

    Hundreds of Catholic church-goers 'could be infected with hepatitis A' after taking Christmas communion


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    Hundreds of parishioners who took Holy Communion at two Christmas Day services may have been exposed to the hepatitis A, health officials warned today.
    A unnamed member of the congregation involved in the service has tested positive for the virus after the Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Massapequa Park, Nassau County.
    Up to 30 authorised Eucharistic ministers may have helped the priest carry out the services at 10.30 and noon.
    Around 7,500 parishioners belong to the Roman Catholic Church. It's not know how many took communion that day, but the traditional service is always a


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    James Lisante, pastor of the parish, could not be contacted.

    But an outgoing recording at the rectory referred questions to the local health department.

    The diocese said on its website: 'We pray that no one comes down with this virus.'

    The health department declined to say who might have transmitted the pathogen, which is not as dangerous as the hepatitis B and C strands, and found in the faecal matter of the viral carrier.


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    'An individual tested positive for hepatitis A who is involved in the Communion process,' said Nassau County health department spokeswoman Mary Ellen Laurain, referring to an unidentified person.
    'We feel the transmission [risk] is low,' she added, saying only a few people were possibly exposed.

    'And to protect the public from potential illness, those who received Holy Communion on December 25 should receive prophylactic treatment.'
    Dr Melissa Palmer, medical director of NYU Hepatology Associates in Plainview said: 'Hepatitis A can make you pretty sick.

    ‘Most people will get flulike symptoms, diarrhoea - on occasion some people will have jaundice. But unlike hepatitis B and C, it does not lead to chronic liver disease.'
    The health department is offering immune globulin injections or the hepatitis A vaccine to those who attended either of the Masses.

    Immune globulin contains antibodies that destroy the hepatitis A virus. The vaccine prevents infection.
    'It was probably a full church,' said Sean Dolan, a spokesman for the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He said the investigation was ongoing.
    Generally speaking, priests are aided at crowded Masses by authorised Eucharistic ministers, of which Our Lady of Lourdes has 30, he said.
    'We don't want to jump to conclusions,' he said. 'Obviously, it's very concerning when there's potential exposure to any sort of virus.'
    Mr Dolan said it's still too early in the diocese's review to speculate on any new hygiene practices.

    'We're hoping no one comes down with the virus, but we also urge prudence,' he said.
    Dr Palmer said hepatitis A has a 'faecal/oral route of transmission'.

    Hepatitis A outbreaks are often associated with food handled by a carrier who has ineffectively washed his or her hands.
    Dr Palmer said a Communion wafer is as likely a source of infection as would be any other food handled by a person with unclean hands.

    Treatment with immune globulin, she added, can effectively treat infection.



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    More churchgoers may have hepatitis exposure

    More churchgoers may have hepatitis exposure


    Hundreds more congregants at a Catholic church in Massapequa Park may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus, health officials said Thursday, as they announced that possibly contaminated Communion hosts may have been served at six additional Masses.

    Nassau Health Department spokeswoman Mary Ellen Laurain said investigators learned that some of the Communion wafers distributed at Our Lady of Lourdes Church potentially touched by a person later found to be infected with the virus may have been mixed in with other hosts at the end of some Masses and used in subsequent Masses.

    The department said in addition to people who received Communion at the 10:30 a.m. and noon Masses on Christmas Day, parishioners who did so at the following Masses should also seek treatment: Christmas Day at 1:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 26, at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m.

    Laurain said all of the potentially tainted hosts were used up by the end of the Masses on Dec. 26. Hosts are kept in bowls called ciboria, and leftovers from Masses are often combined and used in later Masses.

    About 1,300 people attended the 10:30 a.m. and noon Masses on Christmas, and an additional 300 attended the 1:30 p.m. Mass, Laurain said. Fewer than 1,000 people attended the Masses the following day, and some may have been repeat attendees.

    The Health Department said it will hold a vaccination clinic Friday at the church. That follows clinics held Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Citing privacy laws, Health Department officials are declining to identify the person who was infected with hepatitis A. People involved in the Communion process include priests, deacons and eucharistic ministers.

    Asked how the potential additional contamination was discovered, Laurain said it came out in interviews during an ongoing investigation.

    Laurain said the possibility of parishioners becoming infected with hepatitis A after receiving the Communion hosts was low. Still, in consultation with state and federal health officials, the county decided to offer the additional vaccination clinic as a precaution.

    Experts said it is possible, under specific conditions, for the hepatitis A virus to remain viable on a Communion host, or any hard surface, for weeks or even months.

    Hepatitis A infection in marked by flulike symptoms, nausea, cramping, diarrhea, fever and in some cases, jaundice. Treatment involves injection with immune globulin, which destroys the virus.

    A vaccine, which is given as two shots six months apart, can provide lifelong immunity.
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    yes i saw that and there went my resolution to go to church this year.. i thought the communion wine was bad but this just knocked me out of the ballpark.. watch and see soon the host will come prepackaged.. so you just open your package and eat yours..
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    And we where talking about that in some thread not long and I said thats why I dont drink the wine
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    i told the Dean at our church about something similiar back in the 90's, hence why i dont do communion any more..

    sad though
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