illustration syringes vaccinationMore 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 because of an outbreak traced to contaminated frozen scallops that sickened 292 people. Two outbreak victims died.

The Hepatitis A illnesses traced to frozen scallops harvested in November 2015 in the Philippines began June 10, 2016, and continued through Oct. 9, 2016, according to the
Continue Reading 90,000 Hepatitis A follow-up shots coming due in Hawaii

Additional victims of a Hepatitis A outbreak linked to imported, frozen scallops served raw in Hawaii continue to be identified, with state officials reporting 241 people now confirmed with infections. In the past week, 13 more people have been confirmed, according to the Hawaii Department of Health’s weekly update posted on Wednesday. Slightly more than one-fourth of the victims — 64 — have had symptoms so severe that they required hospitalization. Onset of the illnesses ranges from June 12 through Aug. 25. Genki SushiThe post-exposure vaccination window of opportunity for people who were exposed to the virus at Genki Sushi restaurant
Continue Reading Hawaii Hepatitis A outbreak grows to almost 250 people

As the number of sick people in Hawaii’s Hepatitis A outbreak continues to increase, a seafood importer, a distributor and a sushi chain are facing a class action lawsuit — filed specifically on behalf of people who did not get sick.

The Food and Drug Administration posted this photo of Sea Port brand frozen, imported scallops.
The Food and Drug Administration posted this photo of Sea Port brand frozen, imported scallops.
The state health department reports confirmed outbreak cases reached 228 as of Wednesday afternoon, up 22 from a week ago. The number of people that could eventually be included in the class action is estimated at 10,000 or more by
Continue Reading 228 Hepatitis A cases in Hawaii; lawsuit could include 10,000

The number of Hepatitis A outbreak victims in Hawaii has topped 200 and health officials expect that number to continue to increase. As of Wednesday’s weekly update, 206 people have been confirmed in the outbreak, with 51 having had symptoms so severe that they had to be hospitalized, according to the Hawaii Department of Health. In its initial outbreak report July 1, department officials said there were 12 cases. Genki SushiMonday evening, state health officials ordered 11 Genki Sushi locations on two islands to close because of a link between outbreak victims and frozen, imported scallops served raw at the
Continue Reading Hepatitis A outbreak tops 200; state seeks help from public