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Publisher’s Platform: One shot, two weeks, 81 victims so far

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What we know about the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Hepatitis A outbreak: Once a person consumes human fecal matter containing the Hepatitis A virus, they have two weeks to receive treatment (one shot) or they are likely to suffer from an acute Hepatitis A infection. During the last week and a half of July and the… Continue Reading

UPDATED: FDA seeks Egypt’s help on outbreak linked to strawberries

UPDATED CONTENT: As of noon Friday, Sept. 2, the Virginia Department of Health reports 66 residents of the state have been confirmed with Hepatitis A infections in this outbreak. That’s an increase of seven cases in the state since the department’s report on Thursday. Overall, the nationwide total now stands at 81. FDA officials are… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A outbreak linked to smoothies spans 5 states; 51 sick

More than 50 people in five states are confirmed with Hepatitis A infections in an outbreak associated with frozen strawberries from Egypt that were served at Tropical Smoothie Café locations in Virginia. The vast majority of the infected people — 44 — are Virginia residents, according to the Virginia Department of Health and the federal Centers for… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Virginia offers few details about Hepatitis A outbreak

UPDATE: After this story posted, a spokeswoman from the Virginia Department of Health provided additional details about the outbreak. As of the afternoon of Aug. 26, there were 35 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A, with illness onset dates ranging from May 2 through Aug. 18. Because of the long incubation period of 15 to 50… Continue Reading

Egypt investigates strawberry link to Hepatitis A cases in U.S.

Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture is investigating the possibility that strawberries being exported to the United States are contaminated with Hepatitis A. Ministry spokesman Edi Hawash said media reports from Virginia sparked the inquiry. He said Egypt has not received any official request from any U.S. government agency. Virginia health officials suspect that 17 recent cases of Hepatitis… Continue Reading

Strawberry smoothies linked to Hepatitis A illnesses in Virginia

Frozen strawberries imported from Egypt and used by Tropical Smoothie Café locations in Virginia are possibly linked to a cluster of Hepatitis A infections, spurring state health officials to issue a public health warning. The restaurant chain has already pulled the implicated strawberries from all of its restaurants, not just the 100 locations in Virginia,… Continue Reading

Europe’s Three Hepatitis A Outbreaks in 2013: What Can We Learn?

In the first half of 2013, Europe dealt with three simultaneous outbreaks from the hepatitis A virus. Knowing that at least two of those outbreaks were connected to frozen berries, Europe’s Centre for Disease Prevention and Control set out to describe what could be learned from those outbreaks in an article published in Eurosurveillance. Those… Continue Reading

Food Poisoning at Top Cairo University Sparks Protests

Food poisoning has sent at least 479 students at Cairo’s al-Azhar university to hospitals and sent hundreds of others into the streets to demand the resignation of the school’s president. The outbreak is so politically charged that Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi took a page out of the West’s political playbook by visiting one of the… Continue Reading

EU Ban on Egyptian Fenugreek Seeds Extended

Last week the European Commission lifted import restrictions on fresh and chilled podded peas and green beans and other fresh produce from Egypt. The ban had been an emergency action imposed in July, after imported Egyptian fenugreek seeds were blamed for the outbreak of E. coli O104:H4 linked to sprouts in Germany and France. But… Continue Reading

Europe Open to Egypt Peas and Beans

Restrictions imposed against Egypt during this year’s E. coli O104:H4 outbreaks in Germany and France have been lifted by the European Commission (EC).  Fresh and chilled peas and beans from Egypt may again be imported into the European Union (EU) counties. In an emergency action in July, the EC had banned the import of fenugreek… Continue Reading