OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers are investigating a deadly outbreak of Hepatitis A illnesses traced back to Famous Anthony’s restaurants in Roanoke, Virginia.
At least 35 people have become sick, with 20 of them hospitalized, after a person who worked at three different locations of the restaurant contracted and spread the highly contagious infection. The three locations are at 4913 Grandin Road,
6499 Williamson Road, and 2221 Crystal Spring Avenue in Roanoke. Tragically, one person sickened in this outbreak has died.
This page will update as more information becomes known. If you or a loved one became sick with a Hepatitis A infection because of this outbreak, please contact us for a free consultation.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious disease affecting liver function, caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). The virus causes inflammation in the liver, which can impair its ability to function fully and efficiently. In most cases, HAV is transmitted due to infected fecal matter being ingested via contaminated food or water. Common symptoms include:
Anyone who believes they may have eaten the contaminated blackberries and exhibits the symptoms described above should seek immediate medical attention.
Anyone who believes they may have eaten at Famous Anthony’s during the identified period should consult with a medical professional if they have not previously been vaccinated against Hepatitis A. Such individuals may benefit from treatment called “post-exposure prophylaxis” (PEP). This treatment may be helpful even if no symptoms of Hepatitis A have occurred.
OFT Law is a national food safety law firm with experience in these kinds of outbreaks. We offer free consultations to anybody potentially impacted by this outbreak.