DATE: January 3, 2011: 5:00 p.m. EST
RE: Potential Hepatitis A Exposure at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Massapequa Park
FROM: Sean P. Dolan, Director of Communications/Spokesperson, Diocese of Rockville Centre
Today , the Nassau County Department of Health has notified the Diocese of Rockville Centre that those who received Holy Communion on December 25, 2010 during the 10:30 AM and Noon Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, 855 Carmen Avenue, Massapequa Park were potentially exposed to the hepatitis A virus.
The Diocese of Rockville Centre and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish are cooperating fully with the Nassau County Department of Health. Those who attended the 10:30 and 12 Noon Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes on Christmas Day are urged to contact the Department of Health for more information on potential hepatitis A exposure. The Nassau County Department of Health will offer immune globulin or hepatitis A vaccine to those potentially exposed to hepatitis A.
The vaccine will be available:
• Tuesday, January 4, 2011 – 3p.m. – 8 p.m.
• Wednesday, January 5, 2011 – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Our Lady of Lourdes Church School Auditorium
855 Carmen Ave.
Massapequa Park, NY
We pray that no one comes down with this virus. For more information please call the Nassau County Department of Health at 516-227-9496 between 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Additional information on hepatitis A is available on the Nassau County Department of Health web site at http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Health/index.html.
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns. In 2009, nearly 16,702 baptisms, 16,900 confirmations, 17,537 first communions and 3,402 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 19,261 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,595 in Catholic high schools and 3,500 in higher institutions. There are 55 Catholic elementary schools (51 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan and 8 private) and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (12/10).
CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
(p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625