1st Lawsuit Filed in Genki Sushi Hepatitis OutbreakAugust 18, 2016 — A man from Hawaii who was infected with hepatitis A has filed a lawsuit against Genki Sushi Restaurants and Koha Foods.

The lawsuit (PDF) was filed by Brant Mauk, a resident of Oahu. He developed fatigue and nausea on June 28 and visited a doctor the next week.

He was diagnosed with liver inflammation and tested positive for hepatitis A. Two days later, he was sent home with a vaccine — only to return to the emergency room later that day. He was hospitalized for a total of 7 days.

The case was filed on August 16 in Hawaii Circuit Court — Case No. 16-1-1573-08 KTN.

Less than 24 hours earlier, the Hawaii Department of Health identified scallops as the “likely source” of the outbreak and shut down all 11 Genki Sushi restaurants in Hawaii.

The state also embargoed scallops from Koha Foods of Honolulu, which were imported from the Philippines by Sea Port Products Corp.

On August 17, health officials said they had confirmed another 38 cases of hepatitis A. All of the victims were adults, and 51 required hospitalization. The new cases bring the total to 206, making this the largest outbreak of hepatitis A in decades.

Anyone who ate at Genki Sushi after mid-April may have been exposed to hepatitis A. The virus spreads in human feces and outbreaks are typically caused by contaminated food or water.

It can take 4-6 weeks for symptoms to appear. When they do, the illness lasts for several months. It is rarely life-threatening, but victims may experience fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, aches and pain, dark urine, itching, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes).

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