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Two More Hep A Cases in Townsend Farms Outbreak

Update: As of Friday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. EST, 150 illnesses and 66 hospitalizations had been reported in the hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen pomegranate seeds distributed in Townsend Farms’ mixed berry product. 

At least 150 people have been found ill in the Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen pomegranate seeds included in Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant berry mix sold at Costco stores, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number is up from 147 reported yesterday.

The new case count by state is as follows:

Arizona (22), California (73), Colorado (27), Hawaii (8), New Mexico (8), Nevada (6), Utah (3), and Wisconsin (2). (Note: The cases reported from Wisconsin were exposed in California.)

Of those ill, 56 percent are women, and 57 percent are between the ages of 40 and 64 years old. Ten children under the age of 18 have been infected.

At least 65 (44 percent) of patients have been hospitalized.

The infections believe to have come from contaminated pomegranate seeds imported from Turkey and included in the berry mix.

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