Egyptian strawberries are linked to hepatitis A outbreak

Egyptian strawberries are linked to hepatitis A outbreak

Egyptian strawberries are linked to hepatitis A outbreak. The foodborne outbreak has affected 89 people in seven states, U.S. health officials say.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO):

Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. The virus is primarily spread when an uninfected (and unvaccinated) person ingests food or water that is contaminated with the feces of an infected person. The disease is closely associated with unsafe water or food, inadequate sanitation and poor personal hygiene.

Symptoms of hepatitis A range from mild to severe, and can include fever, malaise, loss of appetite, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal discomfort, dark-colored urine and jaundice (a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes). Not everyone who is infected will have all of the symptoms.

Thirty-nine of the affected people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

So far, there have been 70 cases in Virginia, 10 in Maryland, 5 in West Virginia, and 1 each in New York, North Carolina, Oregon and Wisconsin.

Investigators have tracked down the outbreak to frozen strawberries from Egypt that were used in smoothies made at Tropical Smoothie Café chains in Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

Tropical Smoothie Café has since changed its supplier for all its restaurants nationwide.

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1. “Egyptian Strawberries Tied to Hepatitis A Outbreak.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 16 Sept. 2016.
2. “Hepatitis A.” World Health Organization. World Health Organization, n.d. Web. 16 Sept. 2016.

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