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Bipartisan vote crushes Virginia bill to legalize raw milk sales

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Republicans and Democrats joined forces in a committee of the Virginia House of Delegates to defeat an attempt to legalize the sale of raw, unpasteurized milk by a vote of more than two to one. The 6-15 vote against House Bill 2030 saw all six votes in favor cast by Republican members of the Committee… Continue Reading

Outbreak tied to strawberries slowing; victims sue Sysco Corp.

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New cases of Hepatitis A infections linked to strawberry smoothies have slowed so much that the state hardest hit, Virginia, is no longer providing daily updates. In a weekly update, posted Thursday, the Virginia Department of Health reported 107 people who have tested positive for Hepatitis A reported drinking  smoothies Tropical Smoothie Café prior to… 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

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

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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

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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

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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.

Field workers harvest strawberries in Egypt. Strawberry exports are heavily promoted on the Egyptian government's website.

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