More exposed to hepatitis A risk at LI church

January 6, 2011 4:59:54 PM PST
Health officials say more people may have been exposed to hepatitis A while receiving communion at a Long Island church.

The Nassau County Health Department earlier this week said anyone who received communion at either the 10:30 a.m. or noon Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Massapequa Park on Christmas Day may have been exposed.

On Thursday they said parishioners at the 1:30 p.m. Mass that day, as well as five Masses the following day also may have been exposed. A person distributing communion is suspected of having the disease, although officials have declined to ID anyone, citing privacy concerns.

Health officials will return to the church on Friday, offering vaccines to anyone who may have been exposed.

The disease is rarely fatal and most people recover in a few weeks without any complications.

For additional information on the potential hepatitis A exposure at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, please call the Nassau County Department of Health at 516.227.9496 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.

Additional information on hepatitis A is available on the Nassau County Department of Health web site at

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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