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Hundreds At NY Church Possibly Exposed to Hep A...

Have you seen this? Health officials say hundreds of people may have been exposed to hepatitis A while receiving communion on Christmas Day at a church on Long Island, N.Y.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/catholics-received-holy-communion-christmas-risk-hepatitis/story?id=12537329

I know lots of groups both in and out side of Christianity do "communion" or similar things durring worship. Honestly, this is never something I had ever even thought of being a risk...  And I have done "Cakes & Ale" with a few groups...  is this something you have ever considered? Or something you may consider from here on out?

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SabrinaMBowen

Asked by SabrinaMBowen at 2:46 PM on Jan. 4, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • My only comment is "eew"
    CraftingMama

    Answer by CraftingMama at 2:47 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • You know... I never thought about it ... which is strange, considering I was a hypochondriac as a child...
    now, EWWW
    Kaelansmom

    Answer by Kaelansmom at 2:51 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Apparently the wafers had been handled by an infected person, which is the most common way to contract Hep A. Really, this could happen ANYWHERE, but it just happened to happen here...
    SabrinaMBowen

    Comment by SabrinaMBowen (original poster) at 2:55 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Yes, when I was younger and going to church with the family I wouldn't take it and was looked down on for it when really who knew who was sick and touched things, even though where I went we used separate little cups. But the crackers, people pick up and put back down. -shudders- I'm also careful when eating at parties or when work gives snacks to employees and what not, I get sick so easy and when ever I end up with strep throat it's because I ate some chips out of a bag from a party a couple of nights before.
    Gnomeofmyheart

    Answer by Gnomeofmyheart at 2:57 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • Same reason my grandmother would never let anyone actually touch the holy water when walking into church - her idea was God knows what you mean, you don't need everyone else's dirty fingernail gunk on your forehead to prove it.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:26 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • I always hated sharing communion cups at dh's homechurch (episcopal). They used three, and would wipe the rim with a linen after each person....but gross! They used the same linen per cup, so you can't tell this germophobe (sp?) that helped much. Dh thought I was nuts, and insisted if I didn't want to drink, I could dip the wafer. Whatever! Can we say, "backwash"?!? Sooooooooo glad our current church uses individual little cups..or what I refer to as 'shots'.
    dullscissors

    Answer by dullscissors at 3:44 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • eww too
    san78

    Answer by san78 at 4:56 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

  • ugh.. not good.
    Jambo4

    Answer by Jambo4 at 4:59 PM on Jan. 4, 2011

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