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Friday, March 02, 2007
Beyonce Knowles does not have hepatitis A. The singer-and-actress was involved in a food scare at the recent Sports Illustrated party in Hollywood which meant she could have been exposed to the infection. Beyonce's spokesperson, Alan Nierob, has now revealed the Dreamgirls star cannot be at risk because she didn't eat any food at the bash. Nierob said: "Thank goodness neither one of us ate. According to the health department, she wasn't at risk."
Beyonce, along with other guests who attended the Valentine's Day party, was contacted by the Los Angeles County Department of Health on Tuesday (27.02.07) to be informed that a catering worker had been diagnosed with acute hepatitis A. The department of health had recommended guests who ate uncooked food at the party or 13 other events catered by Wolfgang Puck Catering from February 1-20 should be vaccinated. Other guests at risk include Leonardo DiCaprio's former lover model Bar Refaeli.
Hepatitis A can be transmitted in contaminated food or through the poor hygiene of an infected person. Symptoms include nausea, mild fever, and aching muscles. In severe cases the disease can cause liver failure. Most patients recover fully after two months.