Frozen strawberries-related hepatitis A outbreak sickens 134 people, up from 70 in September

Around 134 people have been infected with hepatitis A in an outbreak linked to frozen strawberries, according to the CDC. This number is up from the 70 sickened as part of the same outbreak in September.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that can last a few weeks or a few months, depending on its severity.

The hepatitis A infections have been reported in nine states, up from seven in infections reported in September:

•    Virginia — 107 cases
•    Maryland — 12 cases
•    West Virginia — seven cases
•    New York — three cases
•    North Carolina — one case
•    Oregon — one case
•    Wisconsin — one case
•    Arkansas — one case
•    California — one case

Fifty-three people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported, thus far. Around 129 of those infected reported eating a smoothie containing strawberries from Tropical Smoothie Café locations.

The FDA found that the strawberries were from the International Company for Agricultural Production & Processing, imported from Egypt. Tropical Smoothie Café has since switched to a different supplier. Additionally, on Oct. 30, 2016, the International Company for Agricultural Production & Processing recalled all of its frozen strawberries that were imported into the United States since Jan. 1, 2016.

The CDC and FDA are continuing their investigation into this multistate outbreak.

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