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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

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

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

Outbreak tied to strawberries slowing; victims sue Sysco Corp.

New cases of Hepatitis A infections linked to strawberry smoothies have slowed so much that the state hardest hit, Virginia, is no longer providing daily updates. In a weekly update, posted Thursday, the Virginia Department of Health reported 107 people who have tested positive for Hepatitis A reported drinking  smoothies Tropical Smoothie Café prior to… Continue Reading

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

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

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

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

Berries tied to outbreak likely only went to Tropical Smoothie

Frozen strawberries from Egypt implicated in a Hepatitis A outbreak and used by Tropical Smoothie Café were not distributed to other restaurants or retailers as far as federal officials know, but more people are expected to get sick. Virginia, the hardest hit of the eight states with victims, reported Monday that 104 Virginians are confirmed… Continue Reading