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90,000 Hepatitis A follow-up shots coming due in Hawaii

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More than 90,000 people received the first shot of a two-injection Hepatitis A vaccination in the second half of 2016, and that means more than 90,000 follow-up injections are coming due in the Aloha State. More than two-and-a-half times as many people in Hawaii took Hepatitis A vaccinations this past year compared with 2015, mainly… Continue Reading

Hawaii seeks to update food safety regs following outbreaks

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In the wake of two foodborne illness outbreaks, Hawaii began a week of public hearings on revisions to its food code on Monday. Also on Monday, state officials cleared a seaweed grower-shipper whose products were linked to one of the outbreaks to resume operations. The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) lifted its cease and desist… Continue Reading

Only 1 new Hepatitis A case in 2 weeks in Hawaii’s outbreak

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With only one new diagnosis in the past two weeks, a Hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii appears to be contained with less than 300 people confirmed as victims. In its weekly update Wednesday, the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) reported no new confirmed cases from Nov. 3 through 9. It recorded one new case the… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A outbreak count at 291; McDonald’s worker sick

Hawaii Department of Health Officials take questions from reporters Aug. 16 following the announcement that frozen, imported scallops served at Genki Sushi restaurants have been linked to an ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak. Speakers included, from left, Health Director Dr. Virginia Pressler, State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park and Sanitation Branch Chief Peter Oshiro.

Two new confirmed cases of Hepatitis A were recorded in Hawaii in the past week, bringing the total number of people sickened to 291. And, another restaurant worker has been identified as a victim, raising concerns about the possibility of additional exposures. In addition to the weekly case count update, officials with Hawaii’s Department of Health… Continue Reading

Hawaii’s Hepatitis A outbreak could be coming to an end

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New cases of Hepatitis A infection in Hawaii’s outbreak linked to frozen, imported scallops are holding steady for the first time since the outbreak was announced, with only one additional person confirmed sick in the past week. That additional illness brings the total of sick people to 289, with 71 of them having had symptoms… Continue Reading

A fourth of Hawaii’s Hepatitis A victims admitted to hospitals

Genki Sushi restaurants feature a conveyor belt delivery system for food, sending plates of raw seafood winding through tables and patrons.

About one in every four of the 288 people confirmed in Hawaii’s ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak has had symptoms so severe that they’ve required hospitalization. The first person confirmed as part of the outbreak became ill on June 12, with the most recent victim having become sick on Sept. 28, according to Wednesday’s weekly update… Continue Reading

Scallops gone but Hepatitis A outbreak continues to expand

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Eight more people have been confirmed as victims in a Hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii as health officials continue to ask for help from the public, health care providers and foodservice workers to stem the spread of the virus. The outbreak, traced to frozen scallops imported from the Philippines and served raw at Genki Sushi… Continue Reading

Hawaii’s Hepatitis A count hits 276, including school cafeteria worker

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The number of new cases of Hepatitis A being reported in Hawaii appears to be slowing, with only five additional patients being confirmed in the past week. However, foodservice workers at restaurants and an elementary school cafeteria have been confirmed as among the 276 victims, spurring public health and school officials to urge the public… Continue Reading

Update: Confirmed cases in Hawaii’s Hepatitis A outbreak now total 271

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Sept. 14 update: The Hawaii State Department of Health has identified 19 new cases of Hepatitis A since the most recent update a week ago. The total number of confirmed cases as of Wednesday is 271. All of those sickened in this outbreak have been adults, and 68 of them have required hospitalization, according to… Continue Reading

Sushi outlets linked to Hawaii’s Hepatitis A outbreak cleared to reopen

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The Hawaii State Department of Health has given the green light to Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai to reopen after they completed extensive sanitizing, disposed of potentially contaminated food items, and screened their employees for Hepatitis A. The restaurant chain planned to reopen all 10 of its Oahu outlets on Sept. 10 and… Continue Reading