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article imageCelebrity Partygoers Exposed to Hepatitis A

By Carolyn E. Price     Feb 27, 2007 in Health
A caterer working for Wolfgang Puck worked the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Bash while infected with Hepatitis A.
A Sports Illustrated bash for its annual swimsuit issue has turned into a health scare for stars in Hollywood after a caterer working for celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck may have exposed them to acute Hepatitis A.
Beyonce Knowles and Leonardo DiCaprio were in attendance at the party.
Anyone who ate uncooked food at the SI sports magazine's party on February 14 is being told by the Los Angeles County helath department to get treatment by Wednesday to avoid developing the serious liver disease.
The risk was considered to be "quite low" and that Wolfgang Puck pre-packaged foods or restaurants have been affected.
Hepatitis A is caused by a virus spread by ingesting something contaminated with the feces of an infected person. Symptoms can include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain and jaundice.
Wolfgang Puck Catering is working with health officials to contact anyone who ate food prepared in its Hollywood kitchen between February 1 and 20.
Carl Shuster, President of the company, said taht the worker was put on medical leave and the company has "applied exceptional procedures" in disinfecting the kitchens and food processing areas.
"Our catering efforts continue and we remain confident that our guests will receive the highest standards of excellence for which Wolfgang Puck is known."
This year's swimsuit issue features singer-actress Beyonce Knowles as the cover model, with rapper Kanye West, country star Kenny Chesney and members of the bands Aerosmith and Gnarls Barkley posing with scantily clad models.
Models at the party include Raica Oliveira, Marisa Miller, Ana Beatriz Barros, Veronica Varekova, Bar Refaeli, Yamila Diaz Rahi, Aline Nakashima, Anne V, Brooklyn Decker, Fernanda Motta, Fernanda Tavares, Irina Shaykhlislamova, Jessica White, Joanna Krupa, Julie Henderson and Yesica Toscanini.
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