Published On: Wed, Jun 26th, 2013

Multistate hepatitis A outbreak climbs to 122 cases

The  outbreak of hepatitis A linked to Townsend Farms berry mix has grown to 122 confirmed cases according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today. This is up from 113 confirmed cases reported on June 20.

Persons infected with Hepatitis A virus, by State Image/CDC

Persons infected with Hepatitis A virus, by State

The federal agency reports, as of June 25, 2013, 122 people have been confirmed to have become ill from Hepatitis A after eating ‘Townsend Farms Organic Anti-oxidant Blend’ in 8 states: Arizona (17), California (62), Colorado (25), Hawaii (5), New Mexico (5), Nevada (5), Utah (2), and Wisconsin (1).

The CDC reports that the one case from Wisconsin was exposed to the virus while in California. The berry mix product was not distributed to Wisconsin.

Of the 122 cases, 54 (44%) required hospitalization for their illness.

The CDC reports that six out of 10 confirmed cases are between the ages of 40-64.

The implicated product,  the “Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend” frozen berry and pomegranate mix was distributed in 12 states (AZ, AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, and WA); however, no cases from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington have been linked to the outbreak at this time.

On June 3, 2013, Townsend Farms, Inc. of Fairview, Oregon voluntarily recalled certain lots of its frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend because it has the potential to be contaminated with hepatitis A virus.

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