TYLER (KYTX) - Bishop Joseph E. Strickland, ordained bishop of the Diocese of Tyler, has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A.
Bishop Strickland attended "Bishops' School" for a newly ordained bishops in Rome in Sept. and contracted the virus at that time.
At least one other bishop that attended, Bishop John Folda of Fargo, North Dakota, has also been diagnosed with Hepatitis A.
After Strickland returned to the Diocese of Tyler in late Sept., he continued his pastoral duties throughout the diocese, unaware of his exposure. When he began to experience flu-like symptoms in October, he took himself off duty and sought medical care.
Vicar General, Bishop Edmond Carmody, has filled in for Bishop Strickland.
"Bishop Stricklan is feeling much better now, and is responding to medical treatment," says Bishop Carmody.
"We ask our people to keep Bishop Strickland in their prayers."
Dust Gonzalez, with the Northeast Texas Public Health District, offered the following information:
The virus can cause serious liver problems. It is usually transmitted through exposure to an infected person or through contaminated food and drinks.
Symptoms include fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, pale stools or jaundice.
Symptoms can take 15 to 50 days to appear. People who develop symptoms are urged to consol a doctor.
It is not recommended that people get tested if they do not have symptoms. Frequent hand washing is an essential preventative measure.