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Officials in Michigan, Utah warn about new hepatitis A cases

Public health officials in Utah and Michigan are alerting people to possible exposure to the hepatitis A virus after confirmation of infected foodservice workers. The illnesses are part of a multi-state outbreak that has sickened about 1,200 people and killed almost 50. Infected people are usually contagious before they develop symptoms. The highly contagious virus… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Hepatitis A illnesses prompt recall of frozen strawberries

Update: The back of the Montana brand frozen strawberries packaging states the berries are from Egypt. Montana brand frozen strawberries are being pulled from Canadian stores because of possible hepatitis A contamination. This recall was triggered by findings during an investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Besides hepatitis A, what do McDonald’s, Applebee’s and Texas Roadhouse have in common?

Opinion

Answer: They are all in Kentucky where a hepatitis A outbreak has been ongoing for months. With 272 people infected with Hepatitis A in Kentucky, restaurants must offer hepatitis A vaccines to employees – its common sense. – Full Report A McDonald’s Corp. employee in Kentucky could have potentially spread hepatitis A to customers, according to local health… Continue Reading

Kentucky food handler with hepatitis A exposes customers

The Ashland-Boyd County Health Department is investigating a case of Hepatitis A in a food preparation worker at a convenience store in Ashland, a Kentucky city on the southern bank of the Ohio River. Health officials say the employee prepared food at Ken’s Express Mart in the 900 block of 29th St. and worked from… Continue Reading

City offers hep A vaccine subsidies to foodservice workers

Kentucky

Nearly 200 cases of hepatitis A have been reported in Louisville, KY, since November 2017, so local health officials are offering $25 vaccines to restaurant and foodservice workers in an attempt to curb the outbreak. The initiative was launched this week by the Department of Public Health and Wellness in partnership with the University of Louisville’s Global… Continue Reading

Salt Lake County reports first deaths in hepatitis A outbreak

The Salt Lake County Health Department announced Tuesday that two county residents have died in Utah’s ongoing hepatitis A outbreak. The first person died in January but had other health conditions and officials were waiting on tests to declare an official cause of death. The second person died in late March. Both were adults who… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A: Indiana, Kentucky, Utah, Michigan and Canada

Indiana health officials have confirmed 10 cases of hepatitis A, including one restaurant worker. In Louisville, KY, officials say two more food handlers there have been diagnosed with the liver infection. The food handlers could have exposed the public to the highly contagious virus. There is a narrow window of opportunity for exposed customers and… Continue Reading

Kroger customers in Kentucky exposed to hepatitis A virus

A Kroger employee who worked in the produce aisle of a Kentucky grocery store in February exposed an unknown number of people to the highly contagious hepatitis A virus. Produce purchased at the Kroger store at 4915 Dixie Highway in Louisville should be thrown away, according to a statement from The Kroger Co. The Kroger… Continue Reading