Yonkers couple files suit against restaurant following hepatitis A outbreakPosted: Updated:
A Yonkers couple is suing Port Chester's Bartaco restaurant after they contracted hepatitis A during an outbreak in October.
Joan and Michael Reda say they contracted the infection after eating at Bartaco on Sept. 10.
"I think it's fair to say that any person has a right to expect that the food they are being served is safe to eat," says the couple's attorney, Paul Nunes.
Nunes says Bartaco was negligent in delivering contaminated food.
The illness resulted in debilitated systems and even caused Michael to miss months of work without pay.
"The action is a focus on their pain and suffering, their medical expenses and the unknown prognosis for their health going forward," Nunes says.
Westchester County health officials say the hepatitis A outbreak started with an infected Bartaco employee, prompting the Health Department to vaccinate more than 3,000 residents.
The department confirmed there were seven cases of hepatitis A related to the outbreak, and one of them caused a scare at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club.
Shortly after the outbreak, some of the affected Bartaco customers jointly filed a class-action lawsuit. Nunes is also one of the attorneys on the case.
News 12 reached out to Bartaco for comment but has not yet received a response.