Catholic priest may have infected hundreds with hepatitis A through communion wine

  • Bishop John Folda, of North Dakota, is taking time off after being diagnosed
  • He contracted the infection through contaminated food in Italy
  • Church members in Fargo, Grand Forks and Jamestown could have been exposed

By Associated Press

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The bishop of the Fargo Catholic Diocese in North Dakota has exposed potentially hundreds of church members in Fargo, Grand Forks and Jamestown to the hepatitis A virus in late September and early October.

The state Health Department has issued an advisory of exposure for anyone who attended five churches and took communion.

Bishop John Folda of the Fargo Catholic Diocese in North Dakota has exposed potentially hundreds of church members in Fargo, Grand Forks and Jamestown to the hepatitis A
Bishop John Folda of the Fargo Catholic Diocese in North Dakota has exposed potentially hundreds of church members in Fargo, Grand Forks and Jamestown to the hepatitis A

Bishop John Folda (pictured) of the Fargo Catholic Diocese in North Dakota has exposed potentially hundreds of church members in Fargo, Grand Forks and Jamestown to the hepatitis A

State Immunization Program Manager Molly Howell says the risk is low, but officials feel it's important to alert people to the possible exposure.

The diocese announced on Monday that Bishop John Folda is taking time off after being diagnosed with hepatitis A.

 

The diocese says he contracted the infection through contaminated food while attending a conference for newly ordained bishops in Italy last month.

Symptoms of hepatitis A include fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea and abdominal discomfort.

Fargo Catholic Diocese in North Dakota (pictured) is where the bishop is located

Fargo Catholic Diocese in North Dakota (pictured) is where the bishop is located


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A communion with a little surprise. Yuk. I blame God.

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Eating contaminated food in Italy, never heard it described quite like that before, call it what you like.. wonder how many of 'the hundreds of church members' infected were innocent little boys.

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...........aaaaaaaahhhhhhh............?

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so he'll be off the booze for a while

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Got it through infected food in Italy. Oh really.

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Start by checking the altar boys.

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I suggest that he was sticking his nose in the wrong place.......

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Lotta people have hep A. The risk of infection is indeed very low. Probably not worthy of a warning or surveillance.

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does he eat only when he goes abroad? How can they say it contracted hepatitis by italian food???

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I doubt any broads or food were involved though perhaps an Italian sausage or two may have figured into it.

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......and other things..

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