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Health & Fit Officials: Multistate hepatitis A cases traced to berries

03:00  21 november  2019
03:00  21 november  2019 Source:   ap.org

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collaborating with public health officials in several states and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)external icon to investigate a multistate outbreak of The investigation began in early August when the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) identified an outbreak of hepatitis A cases potentially

Hepatitis A is spread from person to person. The most common way the virus is transmitted is when someone eats something that has been "On August 5, the Virginia Department of Health contacted us about a potential link between hepatitis A cases and frozen strawberries from Egypt," Mike

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A hepatitis A outbreak in Nebraska, Indiana and Wisconsin has been traced to blackberries sold in Fresh Thyme grocery stores and federal authorities on Wednesday warned consumers in 11 states against eating some berries bought from that chain.

A Fresh Thyme store is seen in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Nebraska and federal health officials say a hepatitis A outbreak that includes Nebraska, Indiana and Wisconsin has been traced to blackberries sold in Fresh Thyme grocery stores. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says in a news release Wednesday that the outbreak began several week ago in Nebraska. The department says it, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating and have confirmed 11 cases. 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)© Provided by The Associated Press A Fresh Thyme store is seen in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Nebraska and federal health officials say a hepatitis A outbreak that includes Nebraska, Indiana and Wisconsin has been traced to blackberries sold in Fresh Thyme grocery stores. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says in a news release Wednesday that the outbreak began several week ago in Nebraska. The department says it, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating and have confirmed 11 cases. 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release that the outbreak began several weeks ago in Nebraska. The department said it, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating and have confirmed 11 cases of the virus, including six in Nebraska.

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State -Reported Hepatitis A Outbreak Cases as of November 8, 2019. Outbreak-related hepatitis A deaths are defined at the state level in accordance with each state ’s respective hepatitis Some states are reviewing death certificates on a regular basis to actively find hepatitis A -related deaths

Multistate outbreak of hepatitis A virus infections – 2013. Linking to a non-federal website does not constitute an endorsement by CDC or any of its employees of the sponsors or the information and products presented on the website .

Fresh Thyme said in a written statement that it's cooperating with the investigation, working to identify its suppliers and isolate the source of the contamination.

"At this time, there is no reason to believe that any of the product was contaminated via handling in our stores," the company said.

The FDA urged consumers in Nebraska, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania to not to eat any fresh blackberries bought from Fresh Thyme between Sept. 9 and Sept. 30.

Anyone who froze the berries for later use should throw them out, the FDA said.

Hepatitis A is a virus that infects the liver and can cause mild, flu-like symptoms for several weeks.

Wooden basket on the table full of fresh picked Blackberries© Getty Wooden basket on the table full of fresh picked Blackberries

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