September 29, 2023

Hepatitis A Exposure at Cardinal Provisions in Asbury Park, NJ

There was a hepatitis A exposure at Cardinal Provisions in Asbury Park, New Jersey in September 2023, according to the Monmouth County Health Department. The company notified the health department about the employee's diagnosis. That venue is located at 513 Bangs Avenue in Asbury Park. Public health officials visited the establishment and conducted an inspection. They found no evidence of food safety violations. The facility voluntarily closed and did not reopen until all employees who had been exposed to the virus had been vaccinated. The employee worked while infectious on September 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, and 21, 2023. Anyone who consumed food or drinks at Cardinal Provisions on those dates may have been exposed to hepatitis A and should consider getting vaccinated. The … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Confirmed at Pine Knob Music Theatre Ivy Lounge in MI

A case of hepatitis A has been confirmed at the Pine Knob Music Theatre Ivy Lounge, according to the Oakland County Health Department in Michigan. The case was confirmed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Laboratory. That means that anyone who ate food at that venue between August 26 and September 8, 2023, has potentially been exposed to the virus. ¬†Tomorrow is the last day to be vaccinated for people who attended the Jason Aldean concert on September 8, 2023. The Health Division is advising all season members, their guests, and staff who ate food at the Ivy Lounge between August 26 and September 8, 2023 to monitor themselves for the symptoms of hepatitis A and get vaccinated if possible. Dr. Russel Faust, Oakland County medical director said in a statement, … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Exposure at Pine Knob Music Theatre in Michigan

A suspected case of hepatitis A is associated with the Ivy Lounge at the Pine Knob Music Theatre that is located in Clarkston, Michigan, according to the Oakland County Health Division. Anyone who ate food at that location between August 26 and September 8, 2023 may have been exposed to the virus. Dr. Russel Faust, Oakland County medical director said in a statement, "The risk of transmission in this specific situation is low. If you have not been vaccinated, get vaccinated. The vaccine can prevent the disease if given within 14 days after exposure." Anyone who ate food at that location on September 6 and 8 is still eligible to get vaccinated against this virus. Anyone else needs to monitor their health for the symptoms of hepatitis A. Talk to your doctor about your … [Read more...]

Panda Express Hepatitis A Warning in Lancaster, California

A Panda Express hepatitis A warning has been issued in Lancaster, California by the County of Los Angeles Public Health. An infected food worker prepared food at the location in late July and early August. The restaurant is located at 44411 Valley Central Way in Lancaster. No additional cases have been identified at this time. But anyone who consumed food or beverages at that restaurant between July 21 and August 4, 2023 is at risk and should get a hepatitis A vaccine. Vaccination is not necessary for anyone who had this infection in the past or who has already been vaccinated against the virus. Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by a virus. It is very contagious and can spread through contaminated food and drink, from person to person, and through contact with contaminated … [Read more...]

FDA CORE Table Updated With More Cases and Listeria Outbreak

The FDA CORE Table updated with more cases in one of the cyclospora outbreaks and the Salmonella outbreak. And a new Listeria monocytogenes outbreak has been added. The E. coli O157:H7 outbreak has ended unsolved. There are seven active outbreak investigations on the table. For the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak investigation that ended, twelve people were sickened. Traceback was initiated, but officials could not identify a food that was the cause of those illnesses. One of the three cyclospora outbreaks on the table has had a case count increase of eight more illnesses, from 47 sick to 55. Traceback has been initiated, and sample collection and analysis has started. The other two cyclospora outbreaks are unchanged. For the outbreak of Salmonella Paratyphi B var. L(+) tartrate+, … [Read more...]

New E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak on FDA CORE Outbreak Table

A new E. coli O157:H7 outbreak has been listed on the FDA's CORE Outbreak Investigation Table, joining six other outbreaks that are currently being investigated. Four of the seven outbreaks have not been linked to any product. The new E. coli O157:H7 outbreak has sickened at least 11 people. The FDA has established traceback but there is no recall, on-site inspection, or sample collection and analysis. We do not know there the ill persons live, the patient age range, or if anyone has been hospitalized. In the first Cyclospora outbreak investigation, the case count has increased from 105 to 112. In that outbreak, sample collection and analysis has begun. In the second cyclospora outbreak, the FDA has initiated onside inspection along with sample collection and analysis. The … [Read more...]

More Frozen Strawberries Recalled For Hepatitis A Contamination

There are more frozen strawberries recalled for possible Hepatitis A contamination. There is a hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen strawberries, but there are no illnesses associated with these specific products. The other brands of strawberries recalled include Wawona brand sold at Costco, Made With, Vital Choice, Kirkland Signature, and others. The recalled strawberries were distributed by Willamette Valley Fruit Company of Salem, Oregon. The berries were grown in Mexico. You can see pictures of the recalled products at the FDA web site. The Walmart products were sold in these states: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, … [Read more...]

Men’s Central Jail in LA Has Possible Hepatitis A Exposure

The Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles has had a possible Hepatitis A exposure between May 13 and May 28, 2023. The County of Los Angeles Public Health is investigating a report of a person who had an infection while detained at that jail, which is located at 441 Bauchet Street in Los Angeles. Hepatitis A is a very contagious virus that can cause serious illness in people who are immune compromised and who have liver disease. Getting vaccinated against the virus is important for many people. The hepatitis A vaccine is effective when given within two weeks of exposure. That means that anyone who was detained in that jail during the exposure period needs to get vaccinated if they aren't already. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is offering free vaccinations against … [Read more...]

Wawona Organic Daybreak Blend Recalled For Hepatitis A

Wawona Organic Daybreak Blend sold at certain Costco stores is being recalled for possible hepatitis A contamination in the strawberries in that product. Hepstitia A has not been detected in the product, and there are no illnesses associated with the consumption of this item. Still, Costco is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution. The recalling firm is Wawona Frozen Foods. There is a hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen organic strawberries that has sickened at least nine people in three states. Several other brands of frozen organic strawberries have been recalled. The recalled product is Wawona Frozen Foods Organic Daybreak Blend that is packaged in a 4 pound white bag with a picture of strawberries, mangoes, pineapple, and peaches on the front. The item number … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Cases at Two Snohomish County Taco Bell Locations

A hepatitis A case has been diagnosed in one employee who worked at two Snohomish County Taco Bell locations in Washington state, according to the Snohomish County Health Department. Anyone who ate food from the Taco Bell at 2727 Broadway on May 22 or May 23, 2023, or at the Taco Bell at 303 91st Avenue NE in Lake Stevens on May 23, 2023 may have been exposed and should contact their healthcare provider or public health. One food worker who teated positive for the virus worked at both locations while infectious. You ¬†should check to see if you are vaccinated against or immune to hepatitis A. If you have been vaccinated or if you had the virus in the past you do not need to take further action. If you are not vaccinated, talk to your doctor about getting a hepatitis A vaccination. … [Read more...]

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