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1,109 Get Hepatitis A Vaccines After Exposure At Two South Carolina Hardee’s

8829499_GThe S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) will again have its facilities open in Greenville and Spartanburg from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 to provide post-exposure treatment to individuals who might have been exposed to hepatitis A at two Hardee’s restaurants located in Spartanburg County.  The restaurants are located at 12209 Greenville Highway in Lyman and 1397 E. Main St. in Duncan.

Customers and staff who consumed food or drink at either of these two restaurants between the dates of Aug. 31 and Sep. 15, 2015 and Sept. 1 and Sept. 13, 2015, respectively, could have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus.

“Our primary concern is protecting the health and safety of the community,” said Dr. Anna-Kathryn Rye, M.D. and medical consultant in DHEC’s Bureau of Disease Control. “If you did not eat at these restaurants during these dates, you are not at risk and do not need to receive post-exposure treatment. However, if you did eat at these restaurants during these dates you might be at risk of exposure.”

8829497_GRye recommended that customers and staff who as of today ate at the Lyman-area restaurant between Sept. 6 and Sept. 15, 2015, or the Duncan-area restaurant between Sept. 6 and Sept. 13, 2015, should receive post-exposure treatment for hepatitis A.

Post-exposure treatment is recommended for individuals if it can be administered less than two weeks from their date of consuming anything from the restaurants.

Following today’s clinics, 1,109 individuals have currently received post-exposure treatment for hepatitis A. The agency also has received 392 calls through its hotline (1-800-868-0404) from the public.

In addition to the Sunday clinic hours, both the Greenville County and Spartanburg County health departments will also offer post-exposure treatment on Monday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hepatitis A: Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Hepatitis A outbreaks. The Hepatitis A lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Hepatitis A and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. Our Hepatitis A lawyers have litigated Hepatitis A cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of sources, such as green onions, lettuce and restaurant food. The law firm has brought Hepatitis A lawsuits against such companies as Subway, McDonald’s, Chipotle, Quiznos and Carl’s Jr.

If you or a family member became ill with a Hepatitis A infection after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Hepatitis A attorneys for a free case evaluation.

Marler Clark—has represented thousands of individuals in class action lawsuits related to HAV, including:

(a) More than 1,500 individuals in a class action related to a previous HAV outbreak at the D’Angelo’s in Swansea, Massachusetts in 2001;

(b) Approximately 1,300 persons as part of a class action on behalf of persons who received IG shots due to an HAV outbreak in June and July 2000 in Spokane, Washington, which was associated with food served at a Carl’s Jr. fast-food restaurant;

(c) Approximately 9,000 persons who received IG shots due to an outbreak of HAV at a Chi-Chi’s restaurant near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2003;

(d) Approximately 3,800 persons as part of a class action on behalf of persons who received IG shots due to an HAV exposure in June 2004 at a Friendly’s restaurant in Arlington, Massachusetts;

(e) Approximately 850 persons as part of a class action on behalf of persons who received IG shots due to an HAV exposure at a Quizno’s in Boston, Massachusetts in 2004.

(f) Over 3,000 persons who received IG shots due to potential HAV exposure in January 2007 at a Houlihan’s restaurant in Geneva, Illinois;

(g) More than 5,000 persons who were required to get vaccinations against HAV following exposure at a McDonald’s restaurant in Milan, Illinois in 2009;

(h) Approximately 1500 claimants who dined at The Olive Garden Italian Restaurant in Fayetteville, North Carolina who thereby were required to get vaccinations against HAV following their potential exposure to hepatitis A.

(i) All persons who consumed food and drink at a McDonald’s Restaurant in Northport, Alabama on March 14, 2012 or on March 16, 2012, and who thereby were required to get vaccinations against HAV following their potential exposure to HAV; and

(j) More than 700 claimants who consumed food or drink purchased at a Papa John’s restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina in March and April 2014, and who thereby were required to get vaccinations against HAV following their potential exposure to hepatitis A;

(k) Presently Marler Clark is class counsel for nationwide putative HAV class involving as many as 25,000 claimants.