Hepatitis A Outbreak is Linked to Strawberries

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Outbreak Investigation of Hepatitis A Virus Strawberries May

Do not eat, serve, sell, or buy Freshkampo or HEB brand organic strawberries purchased between March 5, 2022, and April 25, 2022, FDA’s investigations are ongoing. The FDA, together with the CDC, the Public Health agency of Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection agency, states, and local partners are looking into a multistate outbreak in the United States and Canadia possibly linked to fresh organic strawberries marketed as Freshkampo and HEB, bought between March 5, 2022 and April 25, 2022..

Currently, the potentially affected Freshkampa and HEB products are beyond their expiration date. People who bought these products should throw them away or return them to the store.

Aldi. HEB. Krogers. Sprout Farmers Market. Trader Joe’s. Walmarts. Weis Markets. Winn-co foods. If you are unsure if you bought these berries, throw them out. The epidemiological and trace back investigation shows that these berries are a likely cause of the outbreak. The trace back investigation shows that people who got sick reported buying these berries before getting sick.

This product was updated on May 17th, 2015. Additional products were added on June 11th, 2015.

Recommendation

Consumers, restaurants, and retailers must throw out any fresh organic strawberries branded with the name FreshKampo or Hebeb. These strawberries were sold between March 5, 2022 and April 25, 2022 and frozen before being consumed. If you are unsure about the brand name of the strawberries you bought or where you bought them from, then you should throw them away.

Consumers should be aware that if they eat any fresh organic strawberries branded as either FreshKampo or Hebeb during the period specified above, they may need to take PEP. PEP is recommended if you were exposed to hepatitis A virus within the last two weeks. People with previous hepatitis A vaccination or history of hepatitis A infection do not need PEP.

Hepatitis A is a viral disease that affects the liver. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored stool, jaundice (yellowing of the skin), and itching. This virus spreads when people who are infected with hepatitis A touch objects or surfaces contaminated by feces containing the virus. You should wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom, before preparing food, after touching garbage, and after changing diapers. You should also avoid sharing drinks or eating utensils with someone who has hepatitis A.

Case Counts

The total number of cases in the United States is 17. There were 15 hospitalizations and 1 death. Last illness onset was on April 30, 2022.

Who to Contact

Consumers should contact their health care providers if they have any symptoms. They can also call an FDAConsumer complaint coordinator if they want to speak to someone about their problems. They can complete an electronic Voluntary MedWatch form online.

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