Category Archives: Hepatitis A

Sweden/Austria – Hepatitis A outbreak linked to imported frozen strawberries by sequencing, Sweden and Austria, June to September 2018

Eurosurveillance

Hepatitis A virus is an important cause of food-borne diseases and has been associated with several European outbreaks linked to berries [14]. Here, we describe an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV) in Sweden and Austria and the confirmation of frozen strawberries imported from Poland as the source of infection. The aims are to highlight the importance of sequencing in outbreak investigations and, due to the long shelf-life of the food vehicle, to increase awareness and warnings towards HAV infections related to frozen strawberries in Europe

On 14 June 2018, the Public Health Agency of Sweden (PHAS) received a notification from the Regional Office of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention of a suspected local outbreak of HAV in County A with five cases. An epidemiological investigation was initiated by county A together with PHAS and the National Food Agency (NFA).

Between 11 June and 27 July 2018, 20 confirmed and probable cases were reported from six counties

Frozen berries should be boiled

Barf Blog

Hepatitis A virus is an important cause of food-borne diseases and has been associated with several European outbreaks linked to berries [14]. Here, we describe an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV) in Sweden and Austria and the confirmation of frozen strawberries imported from Poland as the source of infection. The aims are to highlight the importance of sequencing in outbreak investigations and, due to the long shelf-life of the food vehicle, to increase awareness and warnings towards HAV infections related to frozen strawberries in Europe.

 

USA – Flooding from Hurricane Michael creates food safety issues across South

Food Safety News

Strong winds and heavy rain continue to wreak havoc across parts of the South today as Hurricane Michael meanders out of Georgia and heads up the mid-Atlantic Coast.

In addition to the devastating damage that is immediately visible today, less obvious hazards in the wake of the massive storm are expected to last weeks. Food safety dangers come in various forms and can cause severe illnesses and deaths as floodwaters recede.

Among the most vulnerable foods are fresh fruits and vegetables. They are breeding grounds for pathogens when power outages cause the loss of refrigeration and temperature control. Fresh produce that comes into contact with floodwater can be instantly contaminated with a wide range of bacteria, viruses and parasites.

The toxic composition of floodwater is such a serious food safety hazard that federal law prohibits the sale, distribution or donation of any produce or other food crops from fields that are flooded. Special inspections are required before such crops can even be used for animal feed. 

USA Today

Hurricane Michael leaves behind a treacherous, dangerous landscape that will likely pose risks to human health for weeks to come, experts say.

The water itself can carry bacteria and viruses that pose a major health hazard.

Among the medical dangers are cholera, Hepatitis A and vibriosis, said Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency room physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Glatter said storm victims need to stay focused on staying healthy while they await recovery efforts. That may mean not rushing outside as soon as the skies clear.

“Don’t panic— try to take things one step at a time when you feel overwhelmed,” he said.

USA -Hepatitis A Linked to Doino’s Pizzeria Bar & Grille

Food Poison Journal

Erie County Health reports that a recent cases of Hepatitis A have been connected to a restaurant on Harlem Rd. in Cheektowaga.Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says three people who recently ate at Doino’s Pizzeria Bar & Grille became infected with Hepatitis A.

A food handler at the restaurant is among the infected.

Anyone who ate at Doino’s between August 20 and Sept. 3 should monitor themselves for symptoms.

Food Poison Journal

 

USA – Hepatitis A Exposure at Michigan Renaissance Festival

Food Poisoning Bulletin

A possible hepatitis A exposure at the Michigan Renaissance Festival was reported to the Oakland County Health Division. An attendee has a confirmed case and was ill while attending the festival on September 1, 2018.

Anyone who visited that attraction on September 1 or September 2, 2018 has two days to get a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination. That vaccine is only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. If you visited the Michigan Renaissance Festival on those days, officials encourage you to get vaccinated.

Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for the Health Division said in a statement, “Vaccination can prevent the disease if given within 14 days after potential exposure. f you have attended the Michigan Renaissance Festival during these dates and have not been vaccinated for hepatitis A or have a sudden onset of any symptoms, contact your doctor.”

Oakland County’s Nurse on Call hotline will be open on Friday, September per 14 from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm to answer calls. The phone number is 1-800-848-5533. Two special hepatitis A vaccination clinics will be held at the North Oakland Health Center at 1200 North Telegraph Road, Building 34 East Pontiac, Michigan. The hours are Friday, September 14, 2018 from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm, and Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. You can also get vaccinated at many pharmacies and through some healthcare providers.

USA -Possible Hepatitis A exposure at Salt Lake City restaurant

KUTV

(KUTV) — Customers who consumed food or beverages at the New Yorker Restaurant in downtown Salt Lake City may have been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus, according to the Salt Lake County Health Department.

This possible exposure only affects the single restaurant and customers who ate there between July 25 and Aug. 15.

The heath department has estimated that 650 people may have been affected.

It is too late for these customers to receive a preventive vaccination. So, the health department is warning those individuals to watch for symptoms of Hepatitis A.

The symptoms include:

  • Low fever,
  • Loss of appetite,
  • Nausea,
  • Vomiting
  • Yellow skin and eyes.

Because Hepatitis A can show up between two to seven weeks, customers should watch for symptoms until Oct. 3, the health department advised.

 

USA – Kentucky hepatitis A outbreak tops 1,500 cases

Outbreak News Today

The hepatitis A outbreak in Kentucky, which started 10 months ago and has affected 71 percent of the state’s counties, has grown to 1,562 cases through late August. This includes 63 new cases reported the week ending Aug. 25.

Fifty-six percent, or 881 people required hospitalization for their illness and 12 people died. Jefferson County has accounted to 593 cases, followed by Boyd and Carter counties with 158 and 120 cases, respectively.

The increase in cases observed in Kentucky was well over the 10-year average of reported hepatitis A cases, and several cases have been infected with hepatitis A virus (HAV) strains genetically linked to outbreaks in California, Utah, and Michigan.

Of the 461 cases tested, 91 percent typed as genotype IB.