The Quad Cities is buzzing with the news about the exposure of thousands of residents to Hepatitis A. Estimates are as high as 10,000 for the number of people potentially exposed to the virus, which infects the liver, at a Milan McDonalds over only a few days in June and July. The number of citizens infected is unknown.Repercussions are reverberating around the community. Local and state officials are investigating the incident. The Rock Island County Health Department confirmed that at least one employee of the McDonalds was symptomatic and contagious while working, preparing and serving food. Additionally, the Health Department sponsored a free clinic and vaccination for those concerned about their exposure and risk of developing the disease. Thousands turned out for the clinic. Questions remain over failure to report the outbreak in its early stages.At least one man exposed to the virus has filed civil suit against the local McDonalds, its operator, and the McDonalds corporation. Larger-scale class action suits are expected to follow as the fallout from this incident continues.Anyone with suspected or confirmed Hepatitis exposure and/or infection via the Milan McDonalds should seek legal counsel to determine the usefulness and appropriateness of litigation.If you or a loved one is in need of the services of a Quad Cities attorney, call or e-mail VanDerGinst Law today.