October 16, 2017

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...]

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Hepatitis A Outbreak: 81 Illnesses in 7 States

The Tropical Smoothie Cafe Hepatitis A outbreak continues to expand and now includes at least 81 confirmed cases in seven states. The outbreak has been linked to frozen strawberries imported from Egypt which, the company says, were removed from all stores on August 9. Most of the illnesses are in Virginia where the case count increased from 55 yesterday to 66 today. Hepatitis A has can take as long as 50 days to incubate, so although these cases are newly confirmed, they stem from contaminated smoothies served at Tropical Smoothie Cafes before August 9. The 66 people sickened in Virginia range in age from 14 to 68 and reported onset of illnesses dates ranging from May to August. About 42 percent of them were so sick they required hospitalization. The case count by region of the … [Read more...]

West Virginia Hard Hit by Tropical Smoothie Cafe Hepatitis A Outbreak

West Virgina has been hard hit by the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Hepatitis A outbreak. Five people in West Virginia are among more than 70 confirmed cases in seven states who developed Hepatitis A infections after drinking a smoothie from Tropical Smoothie Cafe. Other cases in West Virginia have been reported and are still under investigation. State health officials are working with health departments in Berkeley and Jefferson counties to investigate reports of illnesses associated with frozen strawberries imported from Egypt and served at Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations. Hepatitis A is a virus that affects the liver.  It is spread from person to person and when infected people handle foods or beverages that are consumed by others. People with Hepatitis A infections can be contagious … [Read more...]

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