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

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

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

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

Federal law gags FDA on recall as vaccination window closes

County and state health departments continue to dribble out details on restaurants, schools and other foodservice operations that received and served frozen strawberries from Egypt that are under recall for Hepatitis A contamination as time runs out for potential victims to receive post-exposure vaccinations. The post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) must be administered within two weeks or… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Live long and prosper, if you’re one of the few

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So many things about the computer age are so disappointing, so frustrating, so last century. Don’t get me wrong. The information superhighway is a groovy trip and I’m happy to be along for the ride via this incredible bit of technology sitting on my lap. It’s so much more convenient than the key punch cards… Continue Reading

FDA, shippers fail to reveal who received recalled strawberries

State and local health departments across the country are apparently being left to their own devices to alert the public to potential Hepatitis A exposure from strawberries from Egypt as the window of opportunity for post-exposure vaccination slips closed. The recalled frozen strawberries were served as recently as Oct. 27, according to the Food and… Continue Reading

Strawberries linked to outbreak went to schools, restaurants

Health officials are urging foodservice operators — including schools and restaurants across the country — to check their freezers for recalled strawberries from Egypt that may be contaminated with Hepatitis A. The strawberries, produced and exported from Egypt by the International Company for Agricultural Production and Processing (ICAPP), are implicated in a nine-state Hepatitis A… Continue Reading

Public’s view of berry recall blocked by corporate consideration

A vague link in the supply chain is blurring the public’s view of a recall of frozen strawberries from Egypt that are blamed for infecting at least 134 people across nine states in an ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak. The Egyptian company that produced, processed and exported the fruit is recalling all of the frozen strawberries… Continue Reading

Two Hepatitis A victims in Hawaii confirmed dead

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

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

FDA bans frozen strawberries from Egyptian firm, cites Hep A

Federal officials have red listed frozen strawberries from an Egyptian grower-shipper because of contamination with Hepatitis A, but they won’t say if the import ban is related to the ongoing outbreak linked to Tropical Smoothie Café locations. The Food and Drug Administration issued an Import Alert for frozen strawberries from the International Company for Agricultural… Continue Reading