Germany – Bakery link investigated in hepatitis A outbreak in Germany

Food Safety News

More than 20 people have been infected with hepatitis A in an outbreak in a German municipality.

There have been 23 infections in the community of Dummerstorf in the Rostock district of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Three more test results are pending. Officials believe the virus has been spread through food.

Of those affected, 21 live in and around the municipality and two in neighboring districts. Four people have needed hospital treatment. More than 100 potential contacts have been identified and contacted by the health department.

Bakery staff link
Investigations by the health department and food control authorities are concentrated on the employees of a bakery branch in the region that officials did not name but have temporarily closed.

Samples of drinking water have been taken and ruled out as a pathway of infection. Vaccinations are being offered.

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