Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries sold at Costco

Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries sold at Costco

Credit: California Department of Public Health

The Washington State Department of Health says an outbreak linked to “Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend” frozen berries has caused 30 cases of hepatitis A in five states.

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on June 3, 2013 at 5:14 PM

The Washington State Department of Health says an outbreak linked to “Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend” frozen berries has caused 30 cases of hepatitis A in five states.

There have been no reported illnesses in Washington linked to the berries but they were sold in Costco stores throughout the state.

The DOH is advising against eating these berries. Discard any remaining product from your freezer and even if some of the product has been eaten without anyone in your home becoming ill, the rest of the product should be discarded.

Contact your health care provider right away if you have eaten these berries and develop yellow eyes or skin, abdominal pain, diarrhea, pale stools, or dark urine. Symptoms can start up to seven weeks from the time of exposure.

If you consumed this product in the last two weeks and have never been vaccinated for hepatitis A or had the disease, contact your health care provider to find out if you should be vaccinated or receive other treatment. If you have already received the hepatitis A vaccination in the past or had hepatitis A, you are unlikely to become ill with the disease.

More information from the CDC

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