McDonald’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Lawsuits (Quad-Cities, Illinois)At least 32 people in the Quad-Cities, Illinois, area became ill with hepatitis A infections after eating food purchased from the Milan, Illinois, McDonald’s restaurant in the summer of 2009. Most of the cases were among Rock Island County residents (18), but residents of Henry, Mercer, Warren, and Woodford counties also became ill with hepatitis A infections after eating at the restaurant. At least eleven people were hospitalized due to the severity of their hepatitis A symptoms.
After the hepatitis A outbreak was identified, and McDonald’s was determined to be the source of the outbreak, the Rock Island County Public Health Department held clinics to help prevent the further spread of hepatitis A in the Quad-City area. Individuals who were exposed to the hepatitis A virus after eating food or beverages at the McDonald’s restaurant in Milan, IL from July 6 through 10, 2009, and on July 13 and 14, 2009, received either hepatitis A vaccine or Immune globulin injections to prevent hepatitis A infection.
On July 21, 2009, Marler Clark filed a class action lawsuit against McDonald’s on behalf of all individuals who received hepatitis A vaccine or Immune Globulin as a result of their exposure to food purchased from the Milan, Illinois McDonald’s restaurant that was potentially contaminated with hepatitis A. Individuals eligible to join the class included those who received hepatitis A vaccination or Immune Globulin as a result of (1) their consumption of food that was manufactured and sold by the defendant at its restaurant; or (2) their exposure to, or close proximity with, persons who ate food at the restaurant or who became infected with HAV as a result of consuming contaminated food that was manufactured and sold by at the Mcdonald’s restaurant. The class action suit was recently settled and approved in court.
On July 23, 2009, Marler Clark filed an individual lawsuit on behalf of a 16-year-old boy who ate food purchased from the Milan McDonald’s restaurant in June and subsequently became ill with hepatitis A. The boy was hospitalized for four days. The law firm filed a second individual lawsuit on behalf of a mother and daughter who both became ill with hepatitis A infections on August 13, 2009.
In total, Marler Clark represented 9 people who contracted hepatitis A at the Milan, Illinois McDonald’s restaurant in summer 2009. In addition, Marler Clark represented all individuals who were part of the class action on behalf of people who received vaccination after exposure to the virus. All claims have been resolved.