August 30, 2016 — The Virginia Department of Health has confirmed 44 cases of hepatitis A in an outbreak linked to frozen strawberries at Tropical Smoothies Café.
All of the victims reported having a smoothie at the café between May and August 9, when the strawberries were removed. Approximately 50% of the victims were hospitalized.
Tropical Smoothies Café has been hit with individual lawsuits from people who were diagnosed with hepatitis A, including a man named Constantinos Raptis who was hospitalized for 3 days.
A class action lawsuit has also been filed on behalf of everyone who was exposed to hepatitis A and needed a vaccine, blood test, or other medical treatment. According to the complaint:
“Genetic testing shows the illnesses were caused by a strain of hepatitis A that has been associated with past outbreaks due to frozen strawberries from Egypt.”
New cases may not be reported yet because it can take up to 6 weeks for symptoms to appear. About 10% of cases last up to six months.
Hepatitis A is a virus that causes liver inflammation. It spreads by the “fecal-to-oral” route of transmission. The symptoms of infection can appear anywhere from 15-50 days after exposure. It can cause fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, jaundice, loss of appetite, and other symptoms.
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