ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A Franklin County woman has filed a half a million dollar lawsuit against the Roanoke restaurant chain Famous Anthony’s, saying that she was hospitalized after eating at one of the three locations where health officials recently reported hepatitis A exposures.

The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts first reported the outbreak on Sept. 24, saying that a person who worked at three different Famous Anthony’s locations tested positive for the highly contagious infection.

As of Sept. 28, the health districts say 14 people have been infected with hepatitis A — at least three of whom have been hospitalized — following potential exposures at three of the restaurant chain’s locations in Roanoke.

Health officials say that anyone who visited any of the following Famous Anthony’s locations between Aug. 10 and Aug. 26 could have been exposed:

  • 4913 Grandin Road
  • 6499 Williamson Road
  • 2221 Crystal Spring Avenue

According to the lawsuit filed on Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Roanoke City Circuit Court, the plaintiff — Mindy Perdue — bought and ate a gravy biscuit combo at the Grandin Road Famous Anthony’s restaurant on Aug. 21.

Then, on Sept. 17, Perdue reportedly started to feel sick, suffering from migraines, a very high temperature, vomiting, and dark urine. She was eventually hospitalized after she developed jaundice.

“As a direct and proximate result of consuming defendants’ tainted food products, Plaintiff contracted Hepatitis A; has suffered, and will continue to suffer, extreme physical and emotional damages; has incurred, and will continue to incur, significant medical expenses, and has suffered wage loss.”

Mindy Perdue’s lawsuit against Famous Anthony’s, Inc.

In her lawsuit, Perdue is bringing the following five counts against the restaurant chain:

  • Negligence
  • Implied warranty of fitness and wholesomeness
  • Implied warranty of merchantability
  • Negligence Per Se — Violations of Sections 3.2-5122 and 3.2-5126 of the Code of Virginia
  • Violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act

Perdue is demanding a jury trial for this lawsuit, which asks for $500,000 in compensatory damages, as well as pre-judgment interest from the date of injury and costs.

You can read Perdue’s full lawsuit below:

According to health officials, if you have been exposed and are not vaccinated against hepatitis A, you should monitor yourself for the symptoms listed below, which can develop 15 to 50 days after exposure:

  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or the eyes)
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark urine
  • Light-colored stools

However, the director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, Dr. Cynthia Morrow, told WFXR News there has not been any issues with eating at the restaurants after Aug. 26. 

WFXR News has reached out to the attorney for Famous Anthony’s about this lawsuit, but has yet to hear back.

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