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Hawaii Hep A outbreak nears 100; source a mystery

People who have recently been exposed to Hepatitis A and who have not been vaccinated previously should be administered a single dose of single-antigen Hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible, within 2 weeks after exposure, according to the CDC. The average incubation period for Hepatitis A is 28 days, but symptoms can appear 15 to 50 days after exposure. (Photo courtesy of the CDC)

Extra staff is working overtime in Hawaii to find the cause of a Hepatitis A outbreak that has grown six-fold since July 1, but state officials admit they are stumped. Despite not having any hard leads on the source of the outbreak, State Epidemiologist Sarah Park said Tuesday that federal officials assisting with the investigation… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Officials still stumped by Hep A outbreak

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What can the 74 Hawaii victims do to help health officials? Be your own junior epidemiologist. Sitting in my hotel room on the shores of Waikiki in the remnants of tropical storm Darby, has given me time – perhaps too much – to think about this outbreak – especially after meeting with a few of… Continue Reading

Second restaurant worker confirmed in Hep A outbreak

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An employee of a Taco Bell on Oahu has been confirmed as the second foodservice worker included among the 52 victims of a Hepatitis A outbreak that Hawaii’s health officials expect to grow. The Taco Bell restaurant in Waipio at 94-790 Ukee St. where the infected employee works is less than a mile and a… Continue Reading

Hawaii Hep A outbreak hits 52; ice cream worker among them

People who have recently been exposed to Hepatitis A and who have not been vaccinated previously should be administered a single dose of single-antigen Hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible, within 2 weeks after exposure, according to the CDC. The average incubation period for Hepatitis A is 28 days, but symptoms can appear 15 to 50 days after exposure. (Photo courtesy of the CDC)

The confirmed case count in the Hepatitis A outbreak on Oahu now stands at 52, according to the Hawaii State Department of Health, up from 31 confirmed cases a week ago. All of those sickened are adults on Oahu and 16 have been hospitalized. One of the sickened individuals has been identified as an employee of the Baskin-Robbins… Continue Reading

Hawaii’s macadamia nut industry faces Salmonella challenge

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Captain Cook, HI — The Big Island features five volcanoes, black sand beaches and eight different climate zones. And, it produces world-famous Kona coffee and macadamia nuts. “Mac” nuts, as they’re called here, are actually native to Australia. They were introduced to Hawaii in the late 1880s and gradually became an important export crop by… Continue Reading

Boston to Experiment With Letter Grades for Restaurants

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Boston will soon start assigning letter grades to all restaurants based on their health inspections, The Boston Globe reports. The A, B or C grades will initially only be posted online and may later be displayed in restaurant windows. The system is expected to be put in place early next year. “We want to make… Continue Reading

After Third Restaurant Closure, HI Health Officials Mull Mandatory Training

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After recently shutting down three Oahu restaurants for food safety violations, the Hawaii State Department of Health is likely to require all food handlers at restaurants and other food establishments in the Aloha State to take a half-day food safety education class. This comes after the Makittii Hawaii restaurant in Honolulu was closed by state health inspectors on Friday, Nov…. Continue Reading

Honolulu Restaurant Closed for Food Safety Violations

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The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) Sanitation Branch has issued a red “closed” placard to Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood Market located at the Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu. Numerous health inspections revealed chronic temperature violations. The department has issued a penalty fee of $9,000 for the violations that led to the posting… Continue Reading

Update: Oahu Bakery Fined for Allegedly Selling Food After Closure for Violations

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Oct. 13 update: The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has fined an Oahu bakery $22,000 for allegedly opening the day after being shut down for food safety violations. The department stated that “health inspectors had confirmed allegations that the bakery opened on Oct. 7 and conducted sales of baked products after being closed by DOH.”… Continue Reading

Macadamia Nuts and Nut Products Recalled for Potential Salmonella Contamination

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Mahina Mele Farm of Captain Cook, Hawaii, is recalling one lot of its macadamia nuts and related nut products after testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found Salmonella. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with these products. In the interest of public health and safety, all products processed from… Continue Reading