Category Archives: Hepatitis A

USA – 4,000 exposed to Hepatitis A positive Starbucks employee in New Jersey

Food Poison Journal

In light of the case of hepatitis A in an employee at a local Starbucks, the Camden County Health Department will be administering vaccines to anyone who feels they may have been exposed at the Camden County Health Hub located at 200 College Drive in Blackwood.

Today’s clinic will operate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vaccine appointments will be made on a first come first serve basis.

Vaccine clinics held last Friday and Saturday gave doses to more than 800 people in Camden County.

If you have been vaccinated for hepatitis A in the past, you do not need to receive another dose. If you have a child that was born after the year 2000, that child has likely already been vaccinated for hepatitis A and does not require another dose. However, parents should check with their pediatrician to confirm their child’s vaccine status.

USA – Starbucks Hepatitis A

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The Camden County Health Department has been notified by a health care provider that a food handler employed at a Starbucks at 1490 Blackwood Clementon Road in Gloucester Township tested positive for hepatitis A and worked through the infectious period.

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, the Department of Health was notified that a patient tested positive for hepatitis A and an investigation was instantly commissioned. Members of the Food Surveillance Unit visited the store on Wednesday and conducted an inspection, which showed no evidence of food safety violations. Based on the ongoing investigation the store was closed for operation and was not reopened until all the employees were vaccinated.

Food Safety – Another record quarter for international food safety network

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A global food safety network was involved in 65 incidents from July to September, which is more than earlier this year.

It is the third successive quarter that events involving the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) have gone up, with 63 from April to June and 56 in the first quarter of this year.

Salmonella was part of 46 incidents involving a biological hazard followed by Listeria with 11. Next was E. coli with four, a couple each for Bacillus cereus, Hepatitis A, Norovirus and Vibrio parahaemolyticus and one each for Clostridium botulinum and Staphylococcus aureus.

USA – Three Hepatitis A Deaths Linked to Famous Anthony’s Outbreak

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Three hepatitis A deaths are linked to the Famous Anthony’s outbreak in Roanoke, Virginia, with at least 49 illnesses and 31 hospitalizations, according to news reports. Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts officials did not release any more information about these patients.

USA – Third person dies of Hepatitis A linked to Famous Anthony’s Restaurant

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This afternoon, the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts (RCAHD) announced that they learned that a third adult who was hospitalized with complications has died from hepatitis A. The RCAHD will disclose no further information about the individual to protect privacy and out of respect for the family.

“It is always with extreme sadness that we report the death of an individual,” said RCAHD health director, Cynthia Morrow, MD, MPH. “This heartbreaking loss of life illustrates how serious this outbreak is.  Unfortunately, in this situation, we have seen many individuals experiencing severe disease, and in some cases, their symptoms have continued to progress over weeks.”

Hepatitis A is a preventable disease. RCAHD urges everyone to consistently practice good hand washing and to consider getting vaccinated, especially if they fall into a high-risk population.

At this time, RCAHD staff have identified a total of 49 confirmed primary cases, including 31 hospitalizations. A small number of cases are still under investigation. No new cases have been reported to RCAHD this week.

USA – Famous Anthony’s Hepatitis A Virginia Outbreak Sickens 50, 31 Hospitalized

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The Famous Anthony’s hepatitis A outbreak has now sickened 50 people and hospitalized 31 as of October 26, 2021, according to news reports. A sick employee worked at that restaurant in mid to late August 2021. The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts reported the increase in cases. This is an increase of 13 patients since the last update two weeks ago.

One of the problems with this viral infection is that people are infectious up to two weeks before they even know they are sick. The virus is very contagious and is easily passed from person-to-person, through contaminated food, and through contact with contaminated surfaces.

USA – More sick in hepatitis A outbreak traced to restaurants; one required liver transplant

Food Safety News

The patient count in a hepatitis A outbreak linked to Virginia restaurants continues to grow, with 44 people now confirmed as infected. One of the patients has required a liver transplant and one has died.

The cousin of the transplant patient reports the operation took place this past weekend. The outbreak patient’s husband and daughter were also infected, according to the cousin.

Korea – Hepatitis A cases doubled in Korea in 2021: KDCA

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Hepatitis A cases have become prevalent this year, forcing the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) to urge people to follow the guidelines for hepatitis A prevention.

According to the KDCA, the nation reported more than 100 hepatitis A cases per week since the 11th week of 2021. This number is more than two folds from the same period of last year. Especially after the 30th week of July 18-24, the number of hepatitis A patients has been hitting record highs this year, except for the 2019 hepatitis A outbreak.

The majority of hepatitis A patients were aged between 30 and 49. This is probably because people born after 1970 were less exposed to the hepatitis A virus during childhood thanks to improved hygiene, and they did not receive vaccinations. Therefore, they are unlikely to have immunity to hepatitis A, the KDCA said.

Hepatitis A can be transmitted through contaminated water or food. To prevent it, people need to cook foods at a sufficiently high temperature and follow hygiene cooking rules.

Vegetables and fruits must be thoroughly washed or peeled.

The KDCA noted that eating raw shellfish could raise the risk of hepatitis A infection.

The agency recommended that shellfish be cooked at 90 or higher degrees Celsius for at least four months.

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. 

RASFF Alert – Hepatitis A – Clams

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Rilevata presenza di RNA virale Epatite A//presence of of viral RNA Hepatitis A from Italy in Spain