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Health Dept. warns of Communion link to Hepatitis A

Diocese of Fargo
Diocese of Fargo

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Department of Health says people who attended four Catholic churches and took communion on specific dates may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus.

Symptoms include fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, pale stools or jaundice. Symptoms can take 15 to 50 days to appear.

The services are: the Sept. 27 school mass at Holy Spirit Church in Fargo, the Sept. 29-Oct. 2 priest convention at St. James Basilica in Jamestown, the Oct. 6 mass at Cathedral of St. Mary in Fargo and the Oct. 7 mass at St. Paul's Catholic Newman Center in Fargo.

Immunization Program manager Molly Howell says the risk is low, but officials feel it's important to let people know of the possible exposure.