May 27, 2014 — A class action lawsuit petition has been filed against Red Robin following a Hepatitis A scare by a couple from Missouri.
The plaintiffs, Donald and Melinda Call, filed the petition after it was suggested that they receive a vaccine against Hepatitis A. They accuse Red Robin of negligence for allowing a sick person to work and failing to require vaccinations for all employees.
On May 20, health department officials learned that a food service worker at Red Robin tested positive for Hepatitis A. Individuals may have been exposed to the virus after dining at the restaurant between May 8 and 16.
The local health department is urging anyone who ate at Red Robin during this time to contact their doctor — especially pregnant women and those with weak immune systems.
Health officials in Springfield have now administered more than 2,300 doses of Hepatitis A vaccine as of May 25. As many as 5,000 people who ate at the restaurant on South Gladstone Avenue may have been exposed.
Hepatitis A is an infectious disease that affects the liver. It spreads by eating food or drinking water that is contaminated with feces of an infected person. It can also be transmitted through direct contact with an infected person. Although most people recover without long-term complications, severe cases can cause liver failure and even death. The disease can also persist for up to six months.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A infection include:
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea, vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored bowel movements
- Joint pain
- Jaundice (yellow discoloration of skin, eyes)
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