Foodborne Hepatitis A outbreak sickens 89 people in 7 states

Foodborne hepatitis A linked to frozen strawberries has sickened 89 people in seven states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Health officials confirmed 70 people are ill in Virginia, where the outbreak first appeared, along with additional infections in Maryland (10), New York (1), North Carolina (1), Oregon (1), West Virginia (5) and Wisconsin (1).

Hepatitis A outbreak sickens 89 people in 7 states, CDC says
By Susan Scutti, CNN

Updated 1:00 PM ET, Thu September 8, 2016

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The CDC reports 89 people in seven states sick with hepatitis A
Nearly all patients reported drinking smoothies with frozen strawberries from Tropical Smoothie Café locations
(CNN)A continuing outbreak of foodborne hepatitis A linked to frozen strawberries has sickened 89 people in seven states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. No deaths have been reported, though 39 patients have been hospitalized.

Health officials confirmed 70 people are ill in Virginia, where the outbreak first appeared, along with additional infections in Maryland (10), New York (1), North Carolina (1), Oregon (1), West Virginia (5) and Wisconsin (1).

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Strawberries linked to multistate hepatitis A outbreak
Hepatitis A is a viral liver infection that is highly contagious but does not result in chronic infection. Symptoms include yellow eyes or skin, abdominal pain, or pale stools. Exposure to the virus can occur by consuming tainted food or through direct contact with another person who has the infection.

Nearly all of the ill people reported drinking smoothies containing strawberries at Tropical Smoothie Cafés in Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia prior to August 8. Some of the victims traveled to these locations on vacation. The strawberries were imported from Egypt.