North Dakota bishop apologizes for Hepatitis A exposure
A North Dakota Catholic bishop is apologizing for exposing hundreds of people to Hepatitis A.
Bishop John Folda spoke publicly Friday for the first time following his diagnosis. He says he contracted the virus while attending a new bishops conference in Rome, likely from some fruit he ate. But he presided over masses at five different churches in Fargo, Grand Forks and Jamestown before knowing he had the virus. Folda says as soon as he learned of the diagnosis, he ceased all public activities.
"To the people who were exposed, first of all, I would say I'm very sorry that they may have been exposed to it," Bishop John Folda said. "I said to my staff, I'd rather cut off my arm than deliberately pass this on to anybody. I just wasn't sick at the time I was attending these events."
Folda is no longer contagious. He has resumed a schedule of public events, but says he will be easing back into a full work load.