According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it would seem that one or more batches of frozen strawberries are the cause of a Hepatitis A outbreak that swept through the areas around Detroit.
Figures show that starting with the 20th of October, CDC has registered no less than 134 cases of Hepatitis A across multiple states, including Maryland, Virginia, and New York. Strangely enough, the health authorities working at CDC failed to identify any case of Hep A in the Detroit metro area.
Further investigations have revealed that the Hepatitis A outbreak was caused by one or more batches of frozen strawberries which were served in Detroit’s diners and restaurants. Considering the incident, the frozen strawberries were recalled by the supplier.
The local health authorities haves declared that the fruits have been imported from Egypt since January 2016. In addition, the investigators have also managed to trace back and identify the supplier of the infected strawberries, named The International Company for Agricultural Production and Processing.
According to Linda Vail, a health officer working for Ingham County, the supplier was the one who issued the recall order for the frozen strawberries.
CDC reports that the infected strawberries, which caused the Hepatitis A outbreak were not sold in any commercial center and that they were only destined for restaurants and other food facilities.
If you’ve been in the area and consumed strawberries or strawberry-based desserts in one of the states mentioned above, then you must immediately address your physician in order to get tested.
Hep A is not as dangerous as Hep B or Hep C, and it is rarely fatal. In addition, almost all of the patients who have suffered at one point or another of Hepatitis A will make a full recovery. According to the medical literature, Hepatitis A is a liver disease transmitted by a virus that usually resides in contaminated food or water.
The disease has a period of incubation of 14 to 28 days, and it has the following symptoms:
- Jaundice (your skin and eyes have a tint of yellow).
- Abdominal discomfort or pain (depending on severity).
- Loss of appetite.
- Dark-colored urine.
If you display any of the symptoms mentioned above, then we advise you to go to the local hospital as soon as possible.
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