CANADA: Health unit wouldn't change Hep. A reaction
Posted: April 29th, 2009 - 10:21pm
In the wake of a hepatitis A scare that led to long lines of frustrated residents seeking vaccinations, York Region Public Health insists it wouldn't change how it handled the potential outbreak.
More than 450 residents who ate at the Tim Hortons at Yonge Street and Savage Road waited for several hours at the Newmarket Magna Centre Monday to receive a free hepatitis A vaccine after Public Health of York Region became aware of an employee who started showing hepatitis A symptoms April 16 and worked until April 19.
"I'm very disgusted," said Roseanna Young, who took the day off work and drove in from Toronto because she ate at the restaurant while visiting her grandchildren.
"In an hour, we've moved about 50 feet."
The lineup inched through the building, where people were screened and asked to sign consent forms.
Meanwhile, on the other side of town, police were controlling the influx of traffic at the Newmarket Health Centre on Eagle Street.
About three hours after both mass immunization centres were crammed with concerned residents, Public Health confirmed tests were negative on a second Tim Hortons employee suspected of having hepatitis A, meaning there was minimal risk of contracting hepatitis A through the restaurant.