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Hawaii Hepatitis A cases up to 74; vaccine being redistributed

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The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has updated to 74 its confirmed case count in the ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak, which is an increase of 22 new cases since the department’s previous update last week. All of the sickened individuals are Oahu residents, DOH noted, except for two people who live on the islands of Hawaii and Maui but… 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

South Dakota officials issue Hepatitis A warning

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Anyone who ate or drank at the Pizza Works restaurant in Custer, SD, between June 19 and July 5 is at risk of exposure to Hepatitis A, the state Department of Health reports. “A case of hepatitis A has been reported in a food handler at the Pizza Works restaurant in Custer,” according to a… Continue Reading

Cluster of 31 Hepatitis A cases under investigation in Hawaii

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At least 31 cases of Hepatitis A infection have been confirmed on Oahu, according to a July 6 announcement from the Hawaii State Department of Health. That’s up 19 from the initial case count of 12 reported July 1. Six people have been hospitalized. Illness onset ranged from June 16 to June 27, according to the health department…. Continue Reading

Hepatitis outbreak linked to frozen organic fruit sold at Costco

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Canadian officials have linked an ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak to a frozen organic fruit blend of berries and cherries sold exclusively at Costco stores. Nature’s Touch is recalling its “Organic Berry Cherry Blend” because of the outbreak. Canadian health officials are particularly concerned that consumers may have the product, which has a “Best Before” date… Continue Reading

Food service worker at movie theater exposed patrons to Hep A

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Oregon’s Clackamah County Public Health Department is advising area residents who may have been exposed to Hepatitis A at a local movie theater  to check their immunization status. If they have not been vaccinated against Hepatitis A, people can obtain medication that can decrease their chances of becoming ill. The treatment is effective for up to two… Continue Reading

B.C. Hepatitis A Outbreak Under Investigation

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British Columbia health authorities are monitoring a Hepatitis A outbreak in Dawson Creek, B.C. and trying to identify the source of the viral infection. Northern Health’s chief medical officer Dr. Sandra Allison said there have been five confirmed cases. Allison said the health teams are trying to identify where the infected people have been and eaten… Continue Reading

Vaccinations Offered After Hepatitis A Case Confirmed in NY Pizza Worker

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The Seneca County Health Department has confirmed a case of Hepatitis A in a food service worker employed at Mark’s Pizzeria at 1963 Kingdom Plaza, Waterloo, NY. Public health officials stated that individuals not previously vaccinated for Hepatitis A and who consumed cold foods, such as subs, salads, vegetables, lemons and celery sticks, from Mark’s… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Confirmed in McDonald’s Worker in New York State

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The Seneca County Health Department has confirmed a case of Hepatitis A in a food service worker employed at the McDonald’s outlet at 2500 Mound Rd. in Waterloo, NY. This individual worked while they may have been shedding the Hepatitis A virus and before being diagnosed with the illness, the department stated. Because of how Hepatitis A… Continue Reading