Hepatitis A linked to frozen berries sickens 87
CREATED Jun. 11, 2013 - UPDATED: Jun. 11, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to a frozen berry mix sold at Costco has grown to 87 people with illnesses in eight states.
The CDC said Tuesday that illnesses have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Washington.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, there are 12 confirmed cases in the state. There are nine cases in Maricopa County and one each in Pima, Pinal and Yavapai Counties.
Townsend Farms of Fairview, Ore., last week recalled its frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend, packaged under the Townsend Farms label at Costco and under the Harris Teeter brand at those stores. So far the illnesses have only been linked to the berries sold at Costco.
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that can last from a few weeks to a several months. Vaccination can prevent illness if given within two weeks of exposure.
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