Category Archives: Hepatitis A

USA -Outbreak Investigation of Hepatitis A Potentially Linked to Fresh Conventional Blackberries from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, Fall 2019

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November 20, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A illnesses in Indiana, Nebraska, and Wisconsin potentially linked to fresh conventional (non-organic) blackberries from the grocery store, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market.

Based on the epidemiological information collected in the investigation thus far, ill patients reported consuming fresh conventional blackberries from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores in three states: Indiana, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.

However, traceback information to date shows that these berries came from a distribution center that ships fresh berries to Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores in 11 states: IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, MN, NE, OH, PA, and WI. As this investigation continues, the FDA will work with our federal and state partners to obtain additional information during the traceback investigation and will update this advisory as more information becomes available.

Recommendation

The FDA is urging consumers to not eat any fresh conventional blackberries if purchased between September 9 and September 30, 2019, from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores in the 11 states mentioned above. People who purchased the fresh blackberries and then froze those berries for later consumption should not eat these berries. They should be thrown away.

If consumers purchased fresh conventional blackberries from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores in the 11 states listed above between September 9-30, ate those berries in the last two weeks, and have not been vaccinated for the hepatitis A virus (HAV), they should consult with their healthcare professional to determine whether post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is indicated. PEP is recommended for unvaccinated people who have been exposed to HAV in the last two weeks. Those with evidence of previous hepatitis A vaccination or previous hepatitis A infection do not require PEP.

Contact your healthcare provider if you think you may have become ill from eating these blackberries, or if you believe that you have eaten these berries in the last two weeks.

USA – P.F. Chang’s Worker with Hepatitis A

Food Poison Journal 

The Department of Health in Sarasota conducted an epidemiological investigation and determined a person working at P.F. Chang’s at 766 South Osprey in Sarasota from November 6-17 may have been infectious.

If you ate or drank at the restaurant between November 6-17, the Department of Health says the Hepatitis A vaccine may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks after exposure.

USA -Another Food Service Worker with Hepatitis A

Food Poison Journal

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health issued a warning Friday night about a possible Hepatitis A exposure at an Italian restaurant in Center City.

An employee who works at Ristorante La Buca, on Locust Street, recently confirmed a case of acute Hepatitis A, according to the Health Department.

Anyone who dined at the restaurant between Oct. 28 and Nov. 15 would have been potentially exposed, according to health officials. The Health Department advises that people who haven’t already received two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine and dined at the restaurant should receive the vaccine as soon as possible.

USA- Omaha is having a Hepatitis A problem

Food Poison Journal

Nebraska state and local health officials are investigating five cases of hepatitis A in the Omaha metro area.

The five cases have been reported within the past three weeks, with symptom onset between October 15 and November 5. That means the five likely were exposed in mid-September, Adi Pour, director of the Douglas County Health Department, said Friday.

The five, all female, range in age from 14 to 73. Three of the five were hospitalized. Two have been released; health officials don’t know the status of the third hospitalized person.

Pour said health officials so far have not identified a product or place connecting the individuals. They are spread throughout the community and have not had any known contact with one another. Health officials have excluded international travel and shared needles as possible routes of transmission.

USA – Employees at the Kissimmee, FL Denny’s Restaurant Diagnosed With Hepatitis A

Food Poisoning Bulletin

Employees at the Denny’s restaurant located at 2051 East Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee, Florida have been diagnosed with hepatitis A, and may have worked while infectious, according to the Osceola County Health Department. Two people who worked there from October 14, 2019 though November 1, 2019 have been diagnosed with the viral illness.

Anyone who ate or drank at this restaurant between October 24 and November 1, 2019 should get a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination. These vaccines are effective if given within two weeks of exposure. Anyone who ate food or drank beverages at that store between October 14 and October 23, 2019 should watch their health for the symptoms of hepatitis A; it’s too late for a vaccination.

USA – Another food service worker with Hepatitis A

Food Poison Journal

According to press reports, a food handler at a Somerset County ShopRite worked while infected with hepatitis A and may exposed shoppers to the highly contagious virus, health officials announced Monday

The employee, who worked that the Somerville store’s deli, was contagious between Oct. 13 and Oct. 30 so anyone who bought food from the deli should throw it away, according to a joint statement the New Jersey and Somerset County health departments.

Anyone who ate anything from the store’s deli between those dates and was not previously vaccinated against Hepatitis A should consider getting a vaccine as soon as possible, but no later than two weeks after eating food from this deli, the statement said. For most people, the latest date would be Nov. 13.

USA – Wawona recalls berries from grocery chains because of positive hep A test

Food Safety News

A frozen fruit supplier for the Aldi and Raley’s grocery chains is recalling frozen berries because a government test returned a positive result for hepatitis A.

Wawona Frozen Foods packaged frozen berry mixes containing raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries under Aldi’s Season’s Choice brand and frozen raspberries under Raley’s label, according to a recall notice released by Wawona officials and posted by the Food and Drug Administration.

The company did not report the states where it distributed the frozen fruit.

“The frozen raspberries and frozen berry mixes containing raspberries were distributed throughout stores in Aldi and Raley’s Family of Fine store chains. The recalled frozen raspberries were imported from Chile,” the Wawona recall notice states.

As of the FDA’s posting of the recall, officials had not received any reports of confirmed infections related to the recalled berries.