A church in Long Island is warning its parishioners to keep an eye out or get tested for Hepatitis A after it was discovered that the communion wafers used for a Christmas mass might have been contaminated. For more information on this story and how this may have happened, keep reading after the jump.


For those who attend church on Christmas, it is supposed to be a joyous moment of faith and prayer on the most important Christian holiday of the year. But for a church in Nassau County, New York, churchgoers may have gotten more than they expected.

Church officials have warned parishioners that they may have been contaminated with Hepatitis A during a Christmas mass when it was discovered that a church leader that may have handled and distributed the communion wafers tested positive for the virus.

Hepatitis A is a virus that affects the liver and is caused by ingesting materials that have come into contact with contaminated fecal matter. The most common mode of contamination is when infected people do not properly wash their hands after using the restroom. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, stomach cramps, jaundice, nausea, loss of appetite, and dark colored urine.

The church has been identified as Our Lady of Lourdes in Massapequa, NY. The church leader at the root of the issue has not yet been identified, nor has anyone complained of feeling ill after the communion ceremony. The church has made the announcement to their over 7,500 members as a precautionary measure.

What do you think of the possibility that an entire Christmas mass may have been infected with Hepatitis A while at church? Do you think that community leaders should be required to submit to health screenings to ensure things like this don’t happen? Let us know what you think about this story by leaving us some comments, and check out the video on Hepatitis A below for more information.