March 29, 2023

Possible Long Beach Meals on Wheels Hepatitis A Exposure

A possible Long Beach Meals on Wheels hepatitis A exposure has occurred in California. The incident occurred because a volunteer who was helping package food was allegedly diagnosed with the illness. The exposures took place in "late May and June" 2022. The agency delivers meals five times a week to about 400 people in Long Beach. Most of the clients are elderly. The Long Beach Health Department sent letters to those affected by this issue on May 23 and 31, and June 6 and June 13, 2022, warning them about the exposure. The Health Department has stated that risk of infection is low, but there is still la risk. Meals on Wheels has cooperated fully with the investigation. The Health Department stated, "The potential exposure was not due to lack of health and safety protocols. We … [Read more...]

Urban Remedy Strawberry Hibiscus Rose Tea Recalled For Hepatitis A

UPDATE: This product was not made with the recalled strawberries, so this is now a market withdrawal. Urban Remedy Strawberry Hibiscus Rose Tea is being recalled for possible hepatitis A contamination.¬†No illnesses are associated with the consumption of this particular product. The recalling firm is Urban Remedy. Urban Remedy contracts with Youngstown Grape Distributors to co-manufacture this product. The recalled product is Urban Remedy Organic Revitalizing Tea Tonic Strawberry Hibiscus Rose that is packaged in 12 ounce resealable plastic bottles. The lot number for this product is 1232. The best by date that is stamped on the product label is 7/17/2022 (July 17, 2022). And the UPC number on this product is 813377025831. The tea may contain fresh organic strawberries from … [Read more...]

Minnesota Strawberry Hepatitis Outbreak Sickens One, 16 in CA and ND

A Minnesota Strawberry hepatitis A outbreak has sickened one person in that state, according to the Minnesota Department of Health, and has also sickened 16 other people in California and North Dakota. Twelve people are hospitalized in this outbreak, which is a very high hospitalization rate. The person who lives in Minnesota was not hospitalized and has recovered. The fresh, organic strawberries are branded FreshKampo and HB. They were sold at various stores around the country from March 5, 2022 to April 25, 2022. The Minnesota patient purchased the strawberries from Mississippi Market on March 21, 2022. The berries were labeled FreshKampo. While the strawberries are no longer available for sale, some people may have frozen them for later use or made recipes that were frozen. … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Strawberries Imported From Baja California in Mexico

The hepatitis A strawberries that are linked to an outbreak in the United States and Canada were imported from Baja, California, a state in Northern Mexico. The berries are branded as FreshKampo and HEB by a common supplier, according to the FDA. The berries were for sale between March 5, 2022 and April 25, 2022. They are no longer available for sale because they are past their shelf life. The berries may have been sold at these retailers, and may have also been sold at others: HEB, Kroger, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Trade Joe's, Walmart, Weis Markets, and WinCo Foods. The FDA is concerned because consumers may have frozen the strawberries. The hepatitis A virus is not destroyed by freezing. If you did buy these berries and preserved them, do not eat them. If you aren't … [Read more...]

Skowhegan Maine Walmart Employee Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

A Walmart employee at a store in Skowhegan, Maine has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That person did handle food while infectious. The Walmart is located at 60 Fairgrounds Market Place in Skowhegan. Anyone who purchased or ate food from the deli in that specific Walmart on these dates is at risk for contracting hepatitis A. No other food or items were potentially contaminated. May 7, 2022, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. May 8, 10, 11, 12, and 14, 2022, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. May 15, 17, 18, 19, and 21, 2022, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. If you did eat food prepared at the deli at that store on those dates and during those times, and are not vaccinated against hepatitis A, you should get vaccinated. … [Read more...]

Employee at Luigi’s Restaurant in Roanoke, VA Diagnosed With Hepatitis A

An employee at Luigi's restaurant in Roanoke, Virginia was recently diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Virginia Department of Health. That employee may have had limited involvement handling food before the food was cooked. Cooking food kills the virus that causes hepatitis A, so this situation does not meet the criteria of an exposure. But, "given the high level of sensitivity of hepatitis A in our community and out of an abundance of caution," the Roanoke City Health Department is offering the hepatitis A vaccine to anyone who ate at Luigi's restaurant between the dates of April 26 through May 17, 2022. This is the same city where the Famous Anthony's hepatitis A outbreak occurred. That outbreak sickened and hospitalized dozens of patrons, and at least three people … [Read more...]

Possible Hepatitis Exposure at Wheat Ridge King Soopers in Colorado

A possible Hepatitis A exposure has occurred at the Wheat Ridge King Soopers in Colorado. A food handler tested positive for the virus. The press release from the Jefferson County Public Health Department says that this is an isolated incident that has been confirmed as related to international travel, not local disease transmission. Consumers may be at risk of exposure if they purchased and consumed deli meats and/or cheeses that were sliced online at the deli on certain dates. Another possible exposure is from eating onsite-prepared sandwiches containing deli meats or cheeses from that specific location. The dates of purchase in question are March 20 to March 30, 2022. Unfortunately, anyone who ate those foods purchased from that store before March 25, 2022 may no longer be … [Read more...]

Possible Hepatitis A at Sunlife Organics Juice Bar in West Hollywood

A possible Hepatitis A exposure at the Sunlife Organics Juice Bar in West Hollywood, California has been reported by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. That facility is located at 8570 West Sunset Boulevard Suite 61 B in West Hollywood. Public health officials are recommending that anyone who ate food or drank beverages at that location from March 14 to March 17, 2022 get a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination as soon as possible. Since these vaccines are only effective when given within two weeks of exposure, that means that anyone who ate there on March 14, 2022 needs to get a shot today. Hepatitis A vaccinations will be offered for free to anyone who has ben exposed at the Sunlife Organics Juice Bar. The shots will be offered at the Hollywood Wilshire … [Read more...]

Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at Tim Hortons Emerald Park, Saskatchewan

There is a possible hepatitis A exposure¬†at Tim Hortons restaurant in Emerald Park, Saskatchewan in Canada, according to the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA). A food service employee tested positive for the virus. The employee assisted with all meal preparation at Tim Hortons at 20 Great Plains Road in Emerald Park, Saskatchewan from January 27 through February 10, 2022. The food handler did wear gloves so the risk of transmission is low, but it does exist. Since the restaurant is located along a major trans-Canada travel route, many people may have been exposed to the virus. Anyone who ate at that location during that time frame should contact HealthLine at 811 for more information. If you ate at that restaurant from February 3, 2022 to February 10, 2022 you can gt a … [Read more...]

Eight Sick and One Possible Death in PA Hepatitis A Outbreak

Eight people are sick and there is one possible death in a Pennsylvania hepatitis A outbreak that is associated with an unnamed Italian restaurant, according to a health advisory issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) and the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH). That restaurant is located in Montgomery County in Southeast Pennsylvania. The eight cases are all lab-confirmed. Of seven people who gave information to public health investigators about their health, six, or 86%, have been hospitalized. One death is under investigation at this time. Healthcare providers in the area should consider hepatitis A as a diagnosis in anyone who presents with jaundice or elevated liver enzymes and clinically compatible symptoms of the disease. All cases must be … [Read more...]

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