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Hepatitis A cases increase amid frozen berry mix recall

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Hepatitis A cases increase amid frozen berry mix recall

By Cory Marshall. CREATED Jun 5, 2013

TUCSON(KGUN9-TV) - It's been just a couple days since Jennifer Blohm received a rather surprising call from Costco, learning the frozen berries she bought are tied to a Hepatitis A outbreak.

"Oh my gosh. I mean, they're organic berries," Blohm told 9OYS as she received a precautionary vaccine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are 49 confirmed cases in seven states. Arizona has seven confirmed cases and two probable cases. Arizona Department of Health Services officials say there is one confirmed case in Pima County, one in Yavapai County and seven in Maricopa County.

Some county health departments are giving the vaccine for free, including the much smaller Cochise County Health Department. That is not the case in Pima County.

"The standard is that we will charge adults for the vaccine that we provide, just like at a pharmacy," Michael Acoba, Pima County Health Department epidemiology program manager said.

However, a PCHD spokesperson tells 9OYS if a patient can not afford the cost of the vaccine they will not turn them away.

The Cochise County Health Department says they did not pay for the vaccine so they can not charge for it.

"We received our allocation of our limited supply of adult vaccine from the State Department of Health Services in Phoenix," a Cochise County spokesperson told 9OYS.

Costco is also giving free Hepatitis A vaccines to customers who purchased and consumed the frozen berry blend.

A link to the official "Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend" recall can be found here.