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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

FDA bans frozen strawberries from Egyptian firm, cites Hep A

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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

Detroit officials, Whole Foods work to limit Hepatitis A cases

Locals turned out in force when Whole Foods MArket opened its store on Mack Avenue in Detroit. The chain has six stores in Michigan.

Public health officials in Detroit are investigating two cases of Hepatitis A infection and urging anyone who recently ate food prepared at a Whole Foods Market store there to consider getting a post-exposure vaccination. City officials and corporate officials with the Austin, TX-based grocery store chain reported late this week that an employee at Whole… 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

Egypt says its frozen and fresh strawberries are Hepatitis A-free


Egypt’s reaction to the Hepatitis A outbreak in the United States sourced to frozen strawberries exported from the Middle East nation may not be any more meaningful than its response to Europe’s massive 2011 E. coli outbreak. This time, Egypt’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment said that frozen strawberries originating from the country are,… Continue Reading

Outbreak tied to strawberries slowing; victims sue Sysco Corp.

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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

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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

Hepatitis A infection confirmed in Shop ‘N Kart bakery worker

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People who ate cakes and cup cakes from the Shop ’N Kart bakery in Chehalis, WA, in recent days are urged to consult with their doctors on whether they should receive a post-exposure vaccination for Hepatitis A. Officials with the Lewis County Public Health & Social Services Department posted a notice Friday announcing the possible… Continue Reading

A fourth of Hawaii’s Hepatitis A victims admitted to hospitals

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

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

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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