August 22, 2016 — An outbreak of hepatitis A that sickened 10 people in Virginia has been linked to strawberries from Egypt that were sold by Tropical Smoothies Café.
The frozen strawberries were contaminated with the same strain of hepatitis A that caused two outbreaks in Europe in 2013. Over 100 people were infected after eating strawberries from Egypt or Morocco.
Tropical Smoothies Café immediately switched suppliers after learning about the outbreak.
The Virginia Department of Health asked everyone who had a smoothie at the café between August 5 and August 8 to contact the health department for treatment. Health officials also warned:
“Anyone who consumed a smoothie with frozen strawberries at a restaurant within the last 50 days is encouraged to watch for symptoms of hepatitis A.”
The infection can be prevented if a vaccine or immune globulin (IG) is given within two weeks of exposure. People who have been vaccinated or had hepatitis A in the past should be immune.
It can take 2-6 weeks before the symptoms of hepatitis A appear. When they do, they illness typically lasts for several months. The symptoms include jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes), fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and dark urine.
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