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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

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

Hepatitis A Cases in Australia Linked to Frozen Berries Increase to 14

At least 14 people in Australia have been sickened in a Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries. The illnesses have been linked to two brands of frozen berries: Nanna’s Frozen Mixed Berries and Creative Gourmet Mixed Berries, both distributed by Patties Foods in the state of Victoria. The following products are subject to recall:… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Australia Prompts Recall of Frozen Berries

Contamination reportedly traced to supplier in China

Two brands of frozen berries are subject to nationwide recalls in Australia now that at least five people have been sickened with Hepatitis A virus. The illnesses have been linked to two brands of frozen berries: Nanna’s Frozen Mixed Berries and Creative Gourmet Mixed Berries. Health officials have connected the products to at least three… 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

Last Year’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Sickened 1,444 People in Europe

At least 1,444 cases of Hepatitis A were reported in 12 European countries in connection with a variety of mixed berry products last year, according to the final outbreak report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The first signs of the outbreak emerged in May 2013, when Germany reported seven infections in people who… Continue Reading

Europe’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Expands Well Beyond Italy

An outbreak with at least 240 confirmed cases of the Hepatitis A virus originally thought to be confined to Italy is making a much larger footprint in Europe. There have been 240 cases of individuals who have not visited Italy associated with the outbreak in France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom…. Continue Reading