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Hepatitis A

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

Oregon investigates two hepatitis A cases at Portland’s Cup & Saucer Cafes

Oregon’s  Multnomah County Health Department continues to investigate  two confirmed cases of hepatitis A in restaurant workers at two Cup & Saucer Cafes in Portland. Health officials want anyone who ate or drank at the Cup & Saucer Cafe, 8237 N. Denver, from March 22 to March 29, to contact their healthcare provider as soon… Continue Reading

Michigan sees huge spike in Hepatitis A; vaccinations urged

An eight-fold increase of Hepatitis A cases in Michigan in recent months has state officials encouraging people to get vaccinated against the sometimes foodborne illness. Most children receive Hepatitis A vaccinations during infancy now, but many adults have not been vaccinated. The vaccine is given in two injections a few months apart. Hepatitis A outbreaks… Continue Reading

90,000 Hepatitis A follow-up shots coming due in Hawaii

More than 90,000 people received the first shot of a two-injection Hepatitis A vaccination in the second half of 2016, and that means more than 90,000 follow-up injections are coming due in the Aloha State. More than two-and-a-half times as many people in Hawaii took Hepatitis A vaccinations this past year compared with 2015, mainly… Continue Reading

The Top 10 most important foodborne outbreaks of 2016

The Top 10 most important outbreaks of 2016, according to the editors of Food Safety News, are presented here. Outbreaks were chosen for the list on a subjective basis, ranked by the number of fatalities and then the number of illnesses for outbreaks involving more than a single state. The 2016 Top 10 outbreaks include… Continue Reading