Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked to “Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend” Frozen Berry and Pomegranate Mix Has Now Sickened 120
State and federal health officials are investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A that may stem from frozen mixed berries sold at Costco.
At least 120 people in eight states including 61 cases in California are now sick with acute hepatitis A in an outbreak tied to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant blend frozen berry and pomegranate mix sold at Costco stores. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fifty-one people have been hospitalized.
Illnesses have been reported between March 18 and June 8, victims range in age from 2 to 87.
Hepatitis A is spread when human feces contaminates food or when an infected food handler prepares food without appropriate hand hygiene. This viral liver disease can cause mild to severe afflictions lasting anywhere from a few weeks to several months. Symptoms of Hepatitis A can include fatigue, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, low fever and yellowing of the eyes and skin – but not everyone who contracts hepatitis A shows signs of disease.
Health officials say shots to prevent the illness must be received within two weeks of eating contaminated food in order to prevent further complications
If you purchased this product and touched it or ate it, contact your health care provider for advice on either getting the hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccine and monitoring yourself for symptoms of the disease.
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