WQAD reported today on a Rock Island County Sheriffs Department investigation into the hepatitis A outbreak in the Quad-Cities area. The outbreak has thus far resulted in at least 25 confirmed hepatitis A cases since June, most allegedly linked to the consumption of food and beverages served at the Milan McDonald’s restaurant, where “patient zero” worked

In the final analysis, the Milan McDonald’s Hepatitis A outbreak is not simply about who is lying or who is inept in this single instance.   It is about whether the public health system for reporting and managing communicable diseases really works.

Like other states, Illinois requires all health care providers to notify local health authorities