June 26, 2017

Hepatitis A Warning for Westchester County, New York

Customers at the Monteverde at Oldstone restaurant in Cortlandt Manor, New York may have been exposed to hepatitis A. If you ate food or drank beverages there between May 24 and June 10, 2017, you may have been exposed because an employee has been diagnosed with the illness. If you ate there before June 6, 2017, you are no longer eligible for a vaccine to prevent the illness and should monitor yourself for the symptoms of the disease. If you ate there after June 6, 2017, you can receive a hepatitis A or immune globulin shot. Call the Westchester County Health Department for information about getting a vaccination. About 130 people have been treated by officials in White Plains. The symptoms of hepatitis A include abdominal pain, lethargy, loss of appetite, dark urine, … [Read more...]

Updated Info About Hepatitis A in Hilo Fish Company Frozen Tuna

The FDA has updated its information about the risk of hepatitis A in frozen tuna products distributed by Hilo Fish Company. That facility alerted its customers and distribution partners at that time to let them know about the voluntary recall issued on May 18, 2017. The FDA is working with Hilo and other distributors to make sure that the tuna is removed from the market and is not sold or served to consumers. The table that names the establishments that may have sold the tuna has been updated to include more facilities. You can see that table, which affects restaurants and stores in California, Texas, and Oklahoma, at the FDA web site. The recall is for frozen yellowfin tuna steaks sourced from Sustainable Seafood Company and yellowfin tuna cubes sourced from Santa Cruz Seafood. … [Read more...]

FDA Releases List of Facilities that Served Hepatitis A Positive Tuna

The FDA has released a list of facilities that served frozen raw ahi tuna cubes that were recalled for possible hepatitis A contamination. In their investigation report they have added a table that includes the names and addresses of the 31 restaurants and stores that sold the product in California, Texas, and Oklahoma. This product was recalled twice. The first recall was in Hawaii only. The product is imported raw frozen ahi tuna cubes sourced from PT Deho Canning Co. in Indonesia, sold under Tropic Fish with lot codes 609149 and 609187. The current recall, which was issued on May 18, 2017 [editor's note: we cannot find this recall on any FDA page], is for frozen yellowfin tuna steaks from Sustainable Seafood Company and yellowfin tuna cubes from Santa Cruz Seafood. This recall by … [Read more...]

Raw Tuna in Oahu, Hawaii Tests Positive for Hepatitis A

The Hawaii State Department of Health has been notified that imported frozen raw tuna has tested positive for the hepatitis A virus. This product, which was imported from Indonesia and distributed by Tropic Fish Hawaii, LLC, was used to prepare poke sold between April 27 and May 1, 2017 by food establishments on Oahu. Poke is a raw fish salad. It is served as both an appetizer and a main dish. The imported frozen fish was used to prepare poke that was sold at Times Supermarket and Shima's in Aiea, Kailua, Kaneohe, Kunia, Liliha, Mililani, Waipahu, and Waimanalo. The product was also used to prepare food served or sold by GP Hawaiian Food Catering, the Crab Shack Kapolei (also known as Maile Sunset Bar & Grill in Kapolei), Aloha Sushi at 3131 N. Nimitz, and the ABC store at … [Read more...]

Two Cases of Hepatitis A in Portland, Oregon

The Multnomah County Health Department is investigating two confirmed cases of hepatitis A in restaurant workers at two Cup & Saucer Cafes in Portland, Oregon. Since that virus is so contagious, anyone who ate or drank there during a certain time period may have been exposed. Health officials say that anyone who ate or drank at the Cup & Saucer Cafe, 8237 N. Denver, from March 22 to March 29, 2017 or at the Cup & Saucer Cafe at 3566 S.E. Hawthorne cafe on March 22 or March 25, 2017  should contact their healthcare provider immediately. You may need to be vaccinated or receive other preventive care. There are no cases involving the Cafe at 3000 N.E. Killingsworth. In addition, anyone who ate or drank at the North Denver location between February 21 and March 21, 2017, … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Illnesses Linked to Whole Foods in Detroit, MI

Two cases of hepatitis A have been linked to Whole Foods Market at 115 Mack in Detroit, Michigan, according to the Detroit Health Department. News reports state that the illnesses are linked to the prepared foods section. That section includes the salad bar, pizza station, hot and cold delis, and packaged meals. One ill person is an employee who handles prepared food at the store, and the other ate prepared food purchased at that store. Public health officials do not know how each person contracted the illness, but are saying that anyone who may have eaten food purchased at the prepared foods section at that particular store on October 6 through October 12, 2016 may have been exposed to the virus. No other cases have been reported to date. It's now too late for people who ate there … [Read more...]

Worker at Shop’N Kart Bakery In Chehalis, WA Has Hepatitis A

A food service worker at the Shop'N Kart bakery in Chehalis, Washington has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Lewis County Public Health & Social Services. That illness was reported to the Health Department on October 6, 2016. That worker was at the bakery between September 8 and October 6, 2016. Anyone who ate decorated cakes or cupcakes purchased from that bakery between those dates may have been exposed to hepatitis A. People who ate there between September 8 and September 25 may have been exposed to the virus, but it's now too late for those people to get a vaccination against the disease. All those people can do is monitor themselves for the symptoms of hepatitis A and go to a doctor if they develop. Hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccinations are only … [Read more...]

Food Worker at Benjamin Parker School in Kaneohe, HI Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

The principal of Benjamin Parker Elementary School in Kaneohe, Hawaii has sent a letter to parents telling them that a cafeteria kitchen worker has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. That person worked in the kitchen from August 28 to 30, 2016. All meals will be prepared offsite until further notice. All children should have been vaccinated against hepatitis A as part of routine childhood vaccinations. Any child who is vaccinated is immune to the illness caused by this virus. But any children who have not previously been vaccinated should be seen by their pediatrician for a discussion about a vaccination. The letter was sent out too late to warn parents and get their children vaccinated if they were not, since the shots are only effective if given within 14 days of exposure to the … [Read more...]

Employee at Missoula MT Good Food Store Has Hepatitis A

In a story not related to the Hawaii hepatitis A outbreak, or the Virginia hepatitis A outbreak, the Missoula City-County Department of Health has announced that an employee at the Good Food Store has tested positive for hepatitis A. KPAX reports that the Health Department Office Ellen Leahy stated the person did not work "during most of the time that they had symptoms," but a person is can be spread before they have symptoms. In fact, anyone with this virus is contagious for two weeks before they start feeling sick. The employee worked preparing foods for the self-serve salad bar, which are not cooked before they are eaten, so they are a good vehicle for contamination. If you ate food from the self-serve salad bar at the Good Food Store between August 15 and September 13, 2016, … [Read more...]

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Hepatitis A Hospitalization Rate Double the Average

The Hepatitis A strain linked to Tropical Smoothie Cafe outbreak is packing a wallop. Generally, about 20 percent of people with a Hepatitis A infection require hospitalization, but in this outbreak, the hospitalization rate is 46 percent. The outbreak has been linked to frozen strawberries imported from Egypt, which were removed from all store locations on August 9, according to the company. But because Hepatitis A has an incubation period that can take up to 50 days, new cases are still being reported. So far, 81 cases in seven states have been confirmed: Maryland (6), New York (1), North Carolina (1), Oregon (1), Virginia (66), West Virginia (5), and Wisconsin (1). Hepatitis A, a virus that affects the liver, isn't common in the U.S. Since the vaccine against this virus was … [Read more...]

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