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Virginia provides scant details about Hepatitis A outbreak

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The number of people sickened in a Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen imported strawberries served by Tropical Smoothie Cafe is increasing daily, reaching 28 as of Thursday, but state health officials are not providing any other details. Virginia’s Department of Health issued a public warning Aug. 19, but has not posted any additional information…. Continue Reading

228 Hepatitis A cases in Hawaii; lawsuit could include 10,000

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As the number of sick people in Hawaii’s Hepatitis A outbreak continues to increase, a seafood importer, a distributor and a sushi chain are facing a class action lawsuit — filed specifically on behalf of people who did not get sick. The state health department reports confirmed outbreak cases reached 228 as of Wednesday afternoon,… Continue Reading

Egypt investigates strawberry link to Hepatitis A cases in U.S.

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Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture is investigating the possibility that strawberries being exported to the United States are contaminated with Hepatitis A. Ministry spokesman Edi Hawash said media reports from Virginia sparked the inquiry. He said Egypt has not received any official request from any U.S. government agency. Virginia health officials suspect that 17 recent cases of Hepatitis… Continue Reading

Strawberry smoothies linked to Hepatitis A illnesses in Virginia

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Frozen strawberries imported from Egypt and used by Tropical Smoothie Café locations in Virginia are possibly linked to a cluster of Hepatitis A infections, spurring state health officials to issue a public health warning. The restaurant chain has already pulled the implicated strawberries from all of its restaurants, not just the 100 locations in Virginia,… Continue Reading

FDA confirms Hepatitis A in scallops; multi-state recall begins

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Federal officials have confirmed Hepatitis A in frozen, imported scallops that have been linked to an outbreak in Hawaii and are working with Sea Port Products Corp. to recall the shellfish from three states. None of the implicated scallops were sold direct to consumers, according to a notice posted today by the Food and Drug… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A outbreak tops 200; state seeks help from public

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The number of Hepatitis A outbreak victims in Hawaii has topped 200 and health officials expect that number to continue to increase. As of Wednesday’s weekly update, 206 people have been confirmed in the outbreak, with 51 having had symptoms so severe that they had to be hospitalized, according to the Hawaii Department of Health…. Continue Reading

New Hepatitis A cases likely in Hawaii despite scallop embargo

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.

Hawaii health officials are asking for continued federal help with their investigation of a Hepatitis A outbreak traced to frozen, imported scallops served by Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai. Questions about possible wider distribution of the scallops were resolved late Tuesday when Department of Health (DOH) officials confirmed Honolulu-based distributor True World Foods… Continue Reading

Confirmed case count hits 168 in Hawaii Hepatitis A outbreak

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The confirmed case count in Hawaii’s ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak is now 168, according to the most recent update from the Hawaii State Department of Health. That is an increase of 33 new cases since the last update on Aug. 3. The department’s Disease Outbreak Control Division reported that all cases of Hepatitis A illnesses so… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Vaccinate foodservice workers now

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Editor’s Note: This opinion piece by Bill Marler was first published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Aug. 7. In a state dependent on tourism, foodservice workers should be vaccinated against Hepatitis A. My bet is Baskins-Robbins, Sushi Shiono, Taco Bell, Costco, Chili’s, Hawaiian Airlines and Tamashiro Market would now agree. According to the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH),… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Officials still stumped by Hep A outbreak

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What can the 74 Hawaii victims do to help health officials? Be your own junior epidemiologist. Sitting in my hotel room on the shores of Waikiki in the remnants of tropical storm Darby, has given me time – perhaps too much – to think about this outbreak – especially after meeting with a few of… Continue Reading