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Wave of infection: Numerous hepatitis A diseases due to contaminated strawberries in smoothies


69 people in the United States contracted hepatitis A.
In the United States, another hepatitis A outbreak was triggered by imported strawberries. The frozen strawberries were used to make smoothies. This time, 18 people became infected with hepatitis A. There are now a total of 69 sick people. Virginia was hardest hit by all states. There alone 55 people are suffering from hepatitis A.

There are always incidents with contaminated food. A total of 69 people in the United States have now contracted hepatitis A. The transmission is associated with imported strawberries. The illnesses occurred in six different countries, explain the employees of the State Health Department.

Virginia restaurant sold contaminated smoothies
The so-called Tropical Smoothie Cafe Virginia was hardest hit. Each of the 55 people infected in Virginia had previously consumed a strawberry smoothie at this restaurant. West Virginia officials did not name a particular restaurant in a statement, but identified frozen strawberries from Egypt as the likely cause of at least seven cases in Virginia.

CDC detects other infections in different states
The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are now carrying out an epidemiological investigation of the outbreak, explains a CDC spokeswoman. As soon as new information becomes known, it should be published on the agency's website. On Tuesday, the CDC experts announced that four new people had been found in Maryland. There was also a new case of hepatitis A in North Carolina, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

Infections are also possible through human-to-human transmission
The Tropical Smoothie Café said of the hepatitis A outbreak that they have already withdrawn all potentially affected strawberries from all locations. Although there is no evidence of an existing strawberry hazard, hepatitis A viruses can still be transmitted from person to person, West Virginia department of health officials explain. However, the disease does not only occur in humans. Hepatitis A viruses have also been found in seals.

55 people from Virginia between the ages of 14 and 68 are infected
According to the CDC, around 46 percent of the infected people affected had to be hospitalized. However, the values ​​only refer to available data. The 55 sick people in Virginia were between the ages of 14 and 68. The diseases with hepatitis A occurred between the beginning of May and August.

Consultation with a doctor is advised
Public health officials are now urging that anyone who has eaten frozen strawberry smoothies in the past 50 days should see a doctor to check for hepatitis A symptoms. The symptoms usually develop over a period of 15 to 50 days. Anyone with hepatitis A symptoms should urgently consult a doctor, the experts demand.

What are the symptoms of hepatitis A?
The classic symptoms of hepatitis A are jaundice (jaundice), fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, and light-colored stool. The virus can be transmitted to other people through direct contact with hepatitis A sufferers. It can also get into the human body through the ingestion of contaminated food or beverages. (as)

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