ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — More people are preparing to sue Famous Anthony’s after a recent outbreak of hepatitis A was linked to the Roanoke restaurant chain, infecting more than 30 people.
Health officials 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 Tuesday, Oct. 12, Dr. Cynthia Morrow — the director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts — says that approximately 35 hepatitis A cases have been confirmed in connection with this exposure, but that number is expected to rise as health officials investigate potential new cases that came in over the weekend.
In addition, there have been more than 20 hospitalizations reported as of Tuesday associated with this hepatitis A outbreak, according to Dr. Morrow.
The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts 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
On Thursday, Oct. 7, a Franklin County woman filed a lawsuit against Famous Anthony’s for $500,000, saying she contracted hepatitis A from eating at the Grandin Road location on Aug. 21.
Now, that woman’s lawyer is preparing lawsuits for 11 more people who caught hepatitis A.
According to attorney Bill Marler, nine of his 12 clients were hospitalized. In addition, he says doctors were concerned one patient would need a liver transplant before his condition improved.
If you have been exposed and are not vaccinated against hepatitis A, health officials say 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)
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Light-colored stools
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