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Berries tied to outbreak likely only went to Tropical Smoothie

Frozen strawberries from Egypt implicated in a Hepatitis A outbreak and used by Tropical Smoothie Café were not distributed to other restaurants or retailers as far as federal officials know, but more people are expected to get sick. Virginia, the hardest hit of the eight states with victims, reported Monday that 104 Virginians are confirmed… Continue Reading

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

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

UPDATED: FDA seeks Egypt’s help on outbreak linked to strawberries

UPDATED CONTENT: As of noon Friday, Sept. 2, the Virginia Department of Health reports 66 residents of the state have been confirmed with Hepatitis A infections in this outbreak. That’s an increase of seven cases in the state since the department’s report on Thursday. Overall, the nationwide total now stands at 81. FDA officials are… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A outbreak linked to smoothies spans 5 states; 51 sick

More than 50 people in five states are confirmed with Hepatitis A infections in an outbreak associated with frozen strawberries from Egypt that were served at Tropical Smoothie Café locations in Virginia. The vast majority of the infected people — 44 — are Virginia residents, according to the Virginia Department of Health and the federal Centers for… Continue Reading

UPDATE: Virginia offers few details about Hepatitis A outbreak

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

Strawberry smoothies linked to Hepatitis A illnesses in Virginia

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