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Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A spreads to country club from trendy restaurant

New York’s Westchester County Department of Health Friday announced an ongoing hepatitis A outbreak has spread to the tony Sleepy Hollow Country Club. The club includes a 27-hole golf course on 338 acres. County health officials were already working to contain the scope of hepatitis A exposure linked to a favorite Port Chester restaurant called Bartaco. The restaurant was temporarily… Continue Reading

Multi-state response underway for restaurant Hepatitis A cases

While continuing to urge customers of a restaurant in New York’s Westchester County to seek post-exposure treatment for Hepatitis A, county officials declared they “feel very confident that’s it’s safe to eat at bartaco.” Four people who ate at the restaurant have been confirmed with Hepatitis A infections. Post-exposure treatment campaigns are underway in New… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A vaccinations available Monday at Ann Arbor restaurant

Washtenaw County Public Health and Cardamon, a casual eatery in Anne Arbor, MI  serving modern and traditional Indian Cuisine, are offering another opportunity to get hepatitis A vaccination. The vaccinations will be available for a $20 fee from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at Cardamon, the restaurant at 1739 Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor. Washtenaw… Continue Reading

CDC finds hepatitis A was carried from San Diego to AZ shelter

Sacramento confirms virus in restaurant worker, urges immediate vaccinations for patrons

For months a hepatitis A outbreak has been described in terms of homeless and drug-addicted victims in San Diego. New information this week from local, state and federal health officials shows a much broader geographic scope that is not limited by socio-economic boundaries. On Tuesday, Sacramento authorities urged recent patrons Haggis Oaks Golf Course to… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: For goodness sake, vaccinate – for Hep A

Opinion

There are now 16 dead with 292 sickened with hepatitis A in San Diego — mostly in the ignored homeless population. And, the numbers of people with this preventable disease is spiking. Colorado has 57 ill with 1 death; Michigan has 319 ill with 14 deaths; and New York has 46 ill. Other states and cities… Continue Reading

Patrons of this Meijer store should get hepatitis A vaccines

Michigan officials made an urgent appeal Thursday for anyone who has eaten baked goods from a specific Meijer grocery store to immediately seek medical attention because an employee there has been confirmed with a hepatitis A infection. A narrow window of opportunity exists for people to receive post-exposure treatment to prevent infection. Those at risk… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A found in freshcut pineapple in British Columbia

Consumers urged to seek post-exposure vaccine ASAP if they ate Western Family pineapple chunks

Anyone who has eaten Western Family brand freshcut pineapple in British Columbia recently is at risk of developing Hepatitis A and has an extremely limited amount of time to take the post-exposure vaccination for the virus. Complicating the situation is the fact that Canadian public health officials believe other products are affected, but they had… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Why the US imports tainted food that can kill you

Opinion

From an Op-ed on the Hill this week.  Here is an excerpt: This week the CDC reported that at least 47 people were stricken with Salmonella, with one death, likely linked to papayas imported from Mexico. In the summer of 2016 came reports of hepatitis A tainted scallops sickening 292 in Hawaii. In that outbreak two died of liver… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A found in tuna; time limited for post-exposure shots

Anyone who has not been vaccinated for Hepatitis A and has eaten imported yellowfin tuna in the past two weeks — especially if they live in California, Oklahoma, New York or Texas — should consider getting a post-exposure prophylactic shot for the virus. That recommendation from public health officials with the Food and Drug Administration… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A found in tuna; time limited for post-exposure shots

People who recently ate poke in Hawaii that was prepared with contaminated, frozen raw tuna still have time to receive post-exposure vaccinations for Hepatitis A. The frozen ahi cubes were distributed to retailers, restaurants and caterers by Tropic Fish Hawaii LLC and was sold to the public between April 27 and May 1 on Oahu. “Because it generally… Continue Reading