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Second Lawsuit Filed Against Westchester Restaurant Over Hepatitis Scare

Bartaco in Port Chester.
Bartaco in Port Chester. Photo Credit: Google Maps

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A second lawsuit has been filed against bartaco, the popular Port Chester restaurant that had to be temporarily closed down in October due to a Hepatitis A exposure that left some customers sick.

Michael and Joan Reda have reportedly filed a lawsuit in Westchester County Supreme Court after both were allegedly exposed to the disease following a visit to the restaurant.

It is the second lawsuit filed against bartaco, after a class action suit was filed by a Rochester-based law firm on behalf of Yonkers resident Crystal Lopez and the thousands of people who were required to obtain a blood test and receive a vaccination for Hepatitis following the outbreak.

According to a Patch report , the couple began experiencing symptoms in October and a blood test at Lawrence Hospital tested positive for Hepatitis A. They continue seeking treatment for the virus every two weeks.

The Westchester County Department of Health issued an alert on Oct. 25 warning that anyone who ate or drank at bartaco between Oct. 12 and Oct. 23 receive preventive treatment against the viral illness after an employee worked while infectious.

Health officials cautioned that treatment against Hepatitis A is only effective within two weeks of exposure, so diners should hurry to see their doctors if they ate at the location.

In an effort to assist residents, the Health Department provided vaccinations and preventative treatment for free following the outbreak, which thousands of Westchester residents accepted.

“Hepatitis A is generally a mild illness whose symptoms include fatigue, fever, poor appetite, abdominal pain, diarrhea, dark urine, light-colored stool and jaundice, which is the yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes,” Sherlita Amler, Commissioner of Health said. “There are no special medications used to treat a person once symptoms appear, but Hepatitis A transmission to others can be prevented through proper hand washing.”

Bartaco was shut down on Oct. 25 and re-opened the following afternoon after an inspection. Officials said that the restaurant owners have been cooperative and voluntarily vaccinated each of their employees for the illness as a result.

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