State and federal health officials are investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A that may stem from frozen mixed berries sold at Costco.
Thirty cases have been reported since late April in Colorado and four other western states: New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and California. The most recent outbreak was on May 21, but health officials say it takes around 30 days to become sick with Hepatitis A, so the number of those infected could change.
In Colorado, five people living in Adams, Boulder, Clear Creek, Eagle and Jefferson counties have fallen ill.
In total, seven cases have been confirmed in Arizona. Five of those were in Maricopa County.
“At this time, early in the investigation, it appears that there is a low risk in contracting hepatitis A from these berries, however, out of an abundance of caution, it is best to just throw away these berries if they are in your freezer,” said Dr. Bob England, director of Maricopa County Department of Public Health in a release. “If you have already received a hepatitis A vaccine or if you have had hepatitis A in the past, you should have protection from the illness.”
Multistate outbreak of Hepatitis A potentially associated with a frozen berry blend food product
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2013-06-01 09:50:59 – Epidemic Hazard – USA
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Date & Time: 2013-06-01 09:50:59 [UTC]
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Hepatitis Outbreak Linked To Frozen Berries From COSTCO
DENVER (CBS4)– Some 30 cases of hepatitis A have been reported in Colorado and four other states that have been linked to frozen mixed berries purchased from Costco.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is investigating along with the Centers for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration in an outbreak of hepatitis A cases believed to be associated with Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend of frozen berries.
Hepatitis A virus is spread as a result of fecal contamination (fecal-oral route) and may be spread from person to person through close contact or through food handling. The virus is commonly spread by contaminated food or beverages. People are at increased risk of acquiring hepatitis A when they have been in close contact with an infected person.
Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked To Townsend Farms Frozen Berries From Costco