POSTED: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 5:53pm
UPDATED: Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 1:33am
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, ordained bishop of the Diocese of Tyler, November 28, 2012, has been diagnosed as suffering from Hepatitis A.
Bishop Strickland attended "Bishops' School" for newly ordained bishops in Rome in September 2013, and contracted the disease at that time. At least one other bishop in attendance had also been diagnosed with Hepatitis A.
On his return from Diocese of Tyler in late September 2013, Bishop Strickland continue his pastoral duties throughout the Diocese, unaware of his exposure. When he began to experience flu-like symptoms in mid-October, he took himself off duty and sought medical care. Vicar General Bishop Edmond Carmody, has filled in for Strickland during the absence.
Bishop Strickland is feeling much better now and is responding to medical treatment.The diocese asks the community to keep Bishop Strickland in their prayers.
Dusty Gonzalez with the Northeast Texas Public Health District offered the following information:
The virus can cause serious liver problems, usually transmitted through exposure with an infected person, or through contaminated food or drinks.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A include fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, dark urine, pale stools, jaundice.
Symptoms can take 15 to 50 days to appear.
People who develop symptoms are urged to consult a doctor.
It is not recommended that people without symptoms get tested.
- Frequent hand-washing is essential to prevent spreading of the disease