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Published On: Tue, Jun 18th, 2013

Hepatitis A outbreak linked to tainted berry mix now at 118 cases

The number of hepatitis A (HAV) cases linked to “Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend” frozen berry and pomegranate mix continues to climb as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that as of June 17, there has been 118 acute HAV cases being investigated.

47 people required hospitalization for their illness.

Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend Image/Townsend Farms press release

Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend Image/Townsend Farms press release

The multistate outbreak is still confined to eight western states–Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Washington.

Fairview, Oregon food company, Townsend Farms, Inc., announced a voluntary recall of certain lots of its frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend, out of an abundance of caution, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Hepatitis A virus, according to a company news release June 4.

This product was purchased at Costco markets and Harris Teeter stores. The product has since been removed from the store shelves. No cases have been identified that bought the product at Harris Teeter at this time.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. Symptoms may include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and abdominal discomfort. Jaundice, a yellowing of the skin and eyes, may occur a few days after symptoms appear.

Anyone with these symptoms should contact a health care provider. The incubation period, or time between exposure and symptoms, is typically 28 days. It is possible for hepatitis A to be active but not show symptoms for up to 7 days. Symptoms usually last one to two weeks but can last longer. Young children with hepatitis A often have no symptoms.

Hepatitis A is spread person-to-person and through a fecal-oral transmission route, and typically occurs when a person eats food or drinks a beverage contaminated by someone with the virus. The virus is not spread by coughing, sneezing or by casual contact. Severe complications from hepatitis A are rare and occur more often in people who have liver disease or a weakened immune system.

Thorough hand washing after visits to the restroom, before touching food or drink and after changing a diaper are the best way to control the spread of hepatitis A.

For more information on Hepatitis A, see the CDC’s page “Hepatitis A Information for the Public”.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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