Authorities issued a Hepatitis A warning in a number of counties across the United States after a distributer’s frozen strawberry products have been linked with the recent, increased number of registered illness cases.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the CDC or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been working with local authorities so as to control a possible Hepatitis A outbreak.
The Hepatitis A possible infestation was linked back to a batch of frozen strawberry products distributed by the ICAPP or the International Company for Agricultural Production and Processing.
Following the trace back to their products, ICAPP officially announced on October 30 that it will be recalling all the company’s frozen strawberry batch of products.
The batch of strawberry goods may have been used in products whole, diced, sliced or sugared and could have been served in other products as recently as October 27.
All the aforementioned goods that have been imported into the United States from their original country of production, Egypt, starting with January 1, 2016, have been recalled and the public distributors known to have used the products are or have been identified.
The recalling of the frozen strawberries and the warning were issued after 134 people infected with Hepatitis A have been discovered to be connected to one such product.
The number, which was registered as of October 17, registers its highest values in Virginia, as the state numbered 107 known cases, with other 8 states having registered cases.
The nine states include California, New York, Oregon, Wisconsin, Arkansas, and Maryland, with California having registered a singular case.
The products are believed to have mostly been used in strawberry margaritas and a list of business that utilized and sold such products has been made available at a local level.
Hepatitis A is a highly infectious disease so authorities advise precautions and attention from any locals or residents that may have been exposed to the infected products.
Anyone who may have come into contact with such frozen strawberry-based products is advised to contact their local health provider. They should discuss the need, or not, for a preventive Hepatitis A vaccination.
The antibodies produced by the Hepatitis A vaccination have a life-long availability and prevent the patient from infection or reinfection.
Hepatitis A, which is caused by the HAV or Hepatitis A virus infestation, is a liver infection which is usually transmitted due to bad or insufficient health procedures and a lack of a proper hand sanitization.
Most common symptoms of the disease include nausea, fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, a yellowing of the skin or of the eyes.
Any person which registers the following Hepatitis A symptoms and knows to have eaten at one of the establishments listed by the CDC on their site as having sold the recalled frozen strawberries should seek immediate medical attention.
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