Scallops sold at Genki Sushi restaurants in Hawaii have been linked to an outbreak of hepatitis A that has sickened at least 284 people since April 2016, according to health officials.
Need a Texas Genki Sushi Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with Hepatitis A, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Genki Sushi
August 23, 2016 — Lawyers in Honolulu have filed a class action against Genki Sushi. They are seeking anyone who ate or drank at Genki Sushi since April and required a Hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin (IG) shot. Click here to read more.
RECALL: Scallops Test Positive for Hepatitis A
August 19, 2016 — Scallops imported from the Philippines have tested positive for hepatitis A. The FDA announced a recall for “Sea Port Bay Scallops,” which were sold at restaurants in California, Hawaii, and Nevada. Click here to read more.
Genki Sushi Hepatitis A Lawsuit
Hepatitis A Outbreak
On July 1, 2016, the Hawaii State Department of Health (HDOH) began investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A. The illnesses developed in mid-June, suggesting the outbreak started in mid-April.
Genki Sushi Restaurants Shut Down for Cleaning
On August 15, the health department closed all Genki Sushi restaurants in Hawaii. There are 10 restaurants on Oahu and one on Kauai. Health officials also embargoed frozen scallops imported by Koha Oriental Foods and True World Foods that were supplied to Genki Sushi, according to HawaiiNewsNow.com. Genki Sushi reopened on September 16.
How Many People Were Infected?
As of September 29, there have been 284 confirmed cases of hepatitis A in Hawaii dating back to June 12, 2016. All but 10 victims are residents of Oahu. All of the victims were adults, and 71 victims were hospitalized for treatment. Hepatitis A has a long incubation period, so illnesses that occurred after August 1 may not be reported yet.
Anyone who ate at Genki Sushi — especially scallops — should consider receiving the hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin. They should monitor their health for at least 50 days after exposure and seek medical attention if symptoms appear.
What is Hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A is a contagious viral disease that causes liver inflammation. It spreads when people ingest fecal matter in food or person-to-person contact. Even microscopic amounts can cause sickness that lasts for months.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A
Not everyone has symptoms right away. It can take 2-6 weeks before symptoms appear. These symptoms may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored bowel movements
- Joint pain
- Jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes)
Most people recover from hepatitis A without any long-term complications, but some people must be hospitalized. In rare cases, infections cause liver failure and death. This is more common in older people, especially those with pre-existing liver problems.
Genki Sushi Class Action
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm, but we are not filing a class action lawsuit against Genki Sushi. Instead, we are filing individual lawsuits for people who were diagnosed with hepatitis A.
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