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

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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

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

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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

Smoked mackerel from Philippines could cause botulism

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New York officials have warned the public to not eat Phil Am branded smoked mackerel — Hasa Hasa — because it was not eviscerated and could contain spores that cause botulism poisoning. The fish is a product of the Philippines and is sold by the Asian Supermarket Group Inc. of Albany, NY, according to the… Continue Reading

Two Hepatitis A victims in Hawaii confirmed dead

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Two Hepatitis A victims have died in the outbreak in Hawaii that was traced to frozen scallops imported from the Philippines and served raw at Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai. A spokesman for the Hawaii Department of Health confirmed the two deaths Thursday. He said one of the deaths is not attributed to the… Continue Reading

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

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

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

Hawaii’s Hepatitis A count hits 276, including school cafeteria worker

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The number of new cases of Hepatitis A being reported in Hawaii appears to be slowing, with only five additional patients being confirmed in the past week. However, foodservice workers at restaurants and an elementary school cafeteria have been confirmed as among the 276 victims, spurring public health and school officials to urge the public… Continue Reading

Update: Confirmed cases in Hawaii’s Hepatitis A outbreak now total 271

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Sept. 14 update: The Hawaii State Department of Health has identified 19 new cases of Hepatitis A since the most recent update a week ago. The total number of confirmed cases as of Wednesday is 271. All of those sickened in this outbreak have been adults, and 68 of them have required hospitalization, according to… Continue Reading