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The Top 10 most important foodborne outbreaks of 2016

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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

Egypt says its frozen and fresh strawberries are Hepatitis A-free

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Egypt’s reaction to the Hepatitis A outbreak in the United States sourced to frozen strawberries exported from the Middle East nation may not be any more meaningful than its response to Europe’s massive 2011 E. coli outbreak. This time, Egypt’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment said that frozen strawberries originating from the country are,… Continue Reading

CDC reports 119 people from 8 states have Hepatitis A linked to smoothies

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated this outbreak on Friday afternoon to a total of 119 cases of Hepatitis A from eight states. Forty-seven of these individuals have been hospitalized, but no related deaths are being reported. As of Sept. 14, CDC gives the state-by-state breakdown of the 119 total cases… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: One shot, two weeks, 81 victims so far

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What we know about the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Hepatitis A outbreak: Once a person consumes human fecal matter containing the Hepatitis A virus, they have two weeks to receive treatment (one shot) or they are likely to suffer from an acute Hepatitis A infection. During the last week and a half of July and the… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Virginia offers few details about Hepatitis A outbreak

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UPDATE: After this story posted, a spokeswoman from the Virginia Department of Health provided additional details about the outbreak. As of the afternoon of Aug. 26, there were 35 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A, with illness onset dates ranging from May 2 through Aug. 18. Because of the long incubation period of 15 to 50… 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

Europe’s Three Hepatitis A Outbreaks in 2013: What Can We Learn?

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In the first half of 2013, Europe dealt with three simultaneous outbreaks from the hepatitis A virus. Knowing that at least two of those outbreaks were connected to frozen berries, Europe’s Centre for Disease Prevention and Control set out to describe what could be learned from those outbreaks in an article published in Eurosurveillance. Those… Continue Reading

Report: Largest Outbreak in German History Caused by Imported Strawberries

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The largest recorded foodborne illness outbreak in German history was caused by frozen strawberries imported from China, according to a study published in the February issue of Eurosurveillance. At least 11,000 cases of norovirus were reported by 390 institutions – mostly schools and childcare facilities – between Sept. 19 and Oct. 7, 2012. Epidemiologists were… Continue Reading

Swedish Supermarket Removes Frozen Strawberries for Hep A Risk

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Swedish supermarket chain Ica has removed all frozen strawberries from its stores due to the risk of hepatitis A contamination, according to Swedish news outlet The Local. The recalled berries, grown in Morocco and Egypt, come labeled as Ica Basic frozen strawberries, Ica deep frozen strawberries, and Ica Basic Berry Mix (Bärmix). Sweden and several… Continue Reading