Health scare at Calgary McDonald’s

If you live in Calgary, you might want to recall which fast-food restaurants you visited in the last month. Mcdonalds

Thousands of Calgarians are at risk of contracting hepatitis A
after a food-handler at a southeast McDonald’s tested positive for the

The Calgary Health Region yesterday confirmed
the case of an employee who prepares meals at the fast-food restaurant
located in the Foothills Industrial Park, 5326 72 Ave. S.E., across
from the Calgary Soccer Centre.

Anyone who ate at this location from Oct. 1 to
23 may be infected, said Dr. Judy MacDonald, the health region’s deputy
medical officer of health. [Link]

In other words, MacDonald says if you ate at that McDonald’s, you might be McScrewed.

Hepatitis A is not a chronic disease and victims usually recover within a month.

Infected people can spread the disease if they don’t wash their hands properly after using the washroom, said MacDonald. [Link]

They can also spread the disease by flipping burgers at McDonald’s.

Chris Stannell, spokesman for McDonald’s in Western Canada, said
the restaurant is working closely with the health region to resolve the

"At McDonald’s, we take the health and well-being of our customers and staff very seriously," he said. [Link]

Yes, that’s why McDonald’s works so hard to make sure your burgers and fries are as nutritious and healthful as can be.

According to WebMD, the symptoms of hepatitis A include: Extreme tiredness (fatigue), fever, sore muscles, headache, pain on the right side of the abdomen, nausea, loss of appetite and weight loss, yellowing of the skin and the white part of the eyes, and an obsessive desire to watch ice hockey.

Actually, I made up the last one. It’s not a symptom of hepatitis A — it’s a symptom of being Canadian.

Photo by Naystin

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