USA – Patient dies in hepatitis A outbreak traced to restaurants in Virginia

Food Safety News

One person has died in a hepatitis A outbreak associated with three restaurants in the Roanoke, VA, area, according to state officials, and two more people have been added to the patient list.

“We don’t believe there is an ongoing threat to the public,” said Christ Wills of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, which is a subagency of the Virginia health department.

However, Wills told Food Safety News today there will likely be more sick people than the 37 who have been identified because of the long incubation time for the virus. As of today, 26 of the patients have been so sick they had to be admitted to hospitals. The age range of patients is now trending to include younger patients with people from 31 to 79 years old now infected. 

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