There have been several massive food poisoning outbreaks of Hepatitis A. These outbreaks are rare, but people who develop this highly-contagious liver disease can feel sick for months. In some cases, hepatitis A causes liver damage or death.
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Tropical Smoothie Café Outbreak
August 2016 — Frozen strawberries that were imported from Egypt and sold at Tropical Smoothie Café in Virginia have been linked to an outbreak of hepatitis A.
As of September 16, 2016, health officials have confirmed a total of 119 illnesses in 8 states. The case count is Arkansas (1), Maryland (12), New York (3), North Carolina (1), Oregon (1), Virginia (94), West Virginia (6), and Wisconsin (1). At least 47 ill people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported
Genki Sushi Hepatitis A Outbreak
June 2016 – October 2016 — Health officials in Hawaii have traced an outbreak of hepatitis A to scallops served at Genki Sushi restaurants. At least 292 people were infected since mid-April, including 71 who were hospitalized. The state also banned imports of scallops by two companies. No new infections were reported as of January 11, 2017.
Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend
October 2013 — An outbreak of hepatitis A was traced to pomegranate seeds in Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend, a product sold in 3-lb bags at Costco in the freezer section. At least 165 people in 10 states were infected. The family of an 88 year-old Arizona woman who died filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
Hepatitis A Class Action Lawsuits
Class action lawsuits are usually filed after major outbreaks of hepatitis A. The class action seeks compensation for everyone who was exposed and needs a vaccine or preventative care. However, people who were actually infected with hepatitis A typically file individual lawsuits so they can seek maximum compensation for their injury, medical expenses, and more.
What is Hepatitis A?
Hepatitis A is a contagious virus that can cause mild or severe inflammation of the liver. It takes 2-6 weeks before symptoms appear. When they do, victims may feel sick for months.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored stools
- Joint pain
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
How Does Hepatitis A Spread?
Hepatitis A spreads in fecal matter — even microscopic amounts can cause illness. Outbreaks typically occur when contaminated water is sprayed on food that is eaten without being cooked. It also spreads by person-to-person contact or food-workers who don’t wash their hands.
How Common is Hepatitis A?
In the United States in 2014, there were an estimated 2,500 cases of hepatitis A. The rates have been decreasing since 1995 when a vaccine was introduced. People who recover from hepatitis A have antibodies that make them immune from re-infection.
Outlook & Prognosis
Most people with hepatitis A recover without treatment. Some people must be hospitalized to receive intravenous nutrition and fluids. In very rare cases, it causes permanent liver damage, liver failure, or death. These complications are more likely in people with pre-existing liver disease.
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