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Hepatitis A found in tuna; time limited for post-exposure shots

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People who recently ate poke in Hawaii that was prepared with contaminated, frozen raw tuna still have time to receive post-exposure vaccinations for Hepatitis A. The frozen ahi cubes were distributed to retailers, restaurants and caterers by Tropic Fish Hawaii LLC and was sold to the public between April 27 and May 1 on Oahu. “Because it generally… Continue Reading

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

Seaweed farm linked to Salmonella outbreak recalls products

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Four days after the Hawaii Department of Health reported it ordered a farm to cease and desist distribution of its seaweed because of links to an ongoing Salmonella outbreak, the company posted a recall notice. Marine Agrifuture LLC of Kahuku, HI, is recalling its “Kahuku Ogo,” “Robusta Ogo” and “Kahuku Sea Asparagus” from distributors and… Continue Reading

Hawaii names farm linked to outbreak; recall details sketchy

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A seaweed growing operation in Hawaii is under orders to stop distributing products after a Salmonella outbreak investigation uncovered the pathogen in packing and processing tanks at the farm. The cease and desist order from the Hawaii Department of Health’s sanitation branch was published two days after the health department announced the outbreak had been… 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

Salmonella outbreak in Hawaii linked to seaweed in raw fish

A traditional Hawaiian dish, ahi poke (in large dish) is garnished with a variety of spices and vegetables, including limu, or seaweed (upper left dish) which is sometimes purple in color.

More than two dozen people in Hawaii have been infected by Salmonella bacteria in an outbreak that is tentatively linked to seaweed from an unnamed farm on Oahu. The 14 infected people include children and adults, with four victims have such severe symptoms that they required hospitalization, according to the Hawaii Department of Health. “Although… Continue Reading

Two Hepatitis A victims in Hawaii confirmed dead

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Two Hepatitis A victims have died in the outbreak in Hawaii that was traced to frozen scallops imported from the Philippines and served raw at Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai. A spokesman for the Hawaii Department of Health confirmed the two deaths Thursday. He said one of the deaths is not attributed to the… Continue Reading

No new Hepatitis A cases in Hawaii outbreak during past week

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

For the first time since July 6, Hawaii’s weekly Hepatitis A outbreak update did not include any new cases this week. The victim count held steady at 291. When the Hawaii Department of Health first informed the public of the outbreak, the cause was a mystery. People started getting sick with the virus on June… 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