US bishop may have exposed Catholics to hepatitis during Communion

26 Oct

By KEVIN MURPHY

Catholics in North Dakota were warned to watch for symptoms of hepatitis A after a bishop with the disease served Communion at four churches, putting worshipers at risk, state officials said.

Bishop John Folda of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo got hepatitis from contaminated food while in Italy last month for a conference of newly ordained bishops, Aliceyn Magelky, spokeswoman for the diocese, said on Friday.

Folda served Communion during Mass at three churches in Fargo and one church in Jamestown between Sept. 27 and Oct. 7, according to the North Dakota Department of Health. The Mass in Jamestown was at a convention of priests.

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