August 18, 2016 — The first lawsuit has been filed after health officials in Hawaii linked over 200 cases of hepatitis A to scallops served at Genki Sushi.
The lawsuit (PDF) was filed by Brant Mauk, a man from Oahu who says he developed nausea and fatigue on June 28. He visited a doctor the following week.
He had liver inflammation and tested positive for hepatitis A. Two days later, he was sent home after receiving a vaccine. Later that day, he returned to the emergency room and was hospitalized for 7 days.
He filed a lawsuit on August 16, less than 24 hours after the Hawaii Department of Health said the “likely source” of the outbreak was scallops served at Genki Sushi Restaurants.
The case was filed in Hawaii Circuit Court against Genki Sushi and Koha Foods of Honolulu — Case No. 16-1-1573-08 KTN.
On August 17, health officials confirmed another 38 illnesses in the outbreak, including 51 people who were hospitalized, bringing the total case count to 206. All but nine of the victims are residents of Oahu.
The outbreak began in mid-April and health officials want to speak with anyone who ate at Genki Sushi. It can take 4-6 weeks before symptoms of hepatitis A appear, and they typically last for several months.
The symptoms of hepatitis A include fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, aches and pain, dark urine, itching, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes).
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