Frozen Berry Mix Linked To Hepatitis-A Outbreak
According to health officials, an outbreak of acute hepatitis A that has sickened at least 30 people in five states and has been linked to a frozen berry and pomegranate mix.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. According to the Center for Disease Control, 47% of the people who’ve been sickened in this outbreak have been hospitalized.
Some people who contract it have no symptoms but many have fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal and joint pain.
The cases were reported between April 29 and May 17 in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, and California.
The outbreak is linked to a frozen berry blend sold by Costco called The Townsend Farms Organic Anti-oxidant Blend Frozen Berry Mix, a frozen berry and pomegranate seed mix.
The virus is most often transmitted when an infected food handler prepares food with dirty hands. Food contaminated with hepatitis A can also transmit the disease to people who ate or handled it.
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