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Michigan Hepatitis A Outbreak The Worst in U.S. History

The largest outbreak of Hepatitis A in U.S. history is also the deadliest. A hepatitis A outbreak centered in Southeastern Michigan has prompted federal and state health officials to urge people across Michigan to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, which can lead to severe health complications, liver failure, and in some cases death. The outbreak started in August 2016 and as of May 23 the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recorded 837 cases of hepatitis A infection, including 671 hospitalizations and 27 deaths. Hepatitis A is a serious, highly contagious virus that targets the ... Read More

Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked To Utah 7-Eleven Store

An outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to a 7-Eleven convenience store in the Salt Lake City area could have affected an estimated 2,000 people, Salt Lake County health officials said. The Salt Lake County Health Department believes the hepatitis A outbreak stems from a wider outbreak of the disease sickening people since August. “The possible hepatitis A exposure occurred when an infected employee worked while ill and potentially handled certain items in the store,” county health officials said on Sunday. The current outbreak centers on the 7-Eleven store at 2666 West 7800 South in the city of West Jordan, just ... Read More

At Least 14 Dead in Michigan’s Ongoing Hepatitis A Outbreak

Michigan health authorities are continuing their investigation of a hepatitis A outbreak that has steadily spread across southeastern Michigan to sicken more than 300 people over the past year. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said the hepatitis A outbreak affects the city of Detroit as well as Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Wayne, and St. Clair counties. According to the Michigan health department, there have been 319 cases of confirmed hepatitis A between Aug. 1, 2016, and Sept. 15, 2017. Fourteen of those patients died from the illness. Nearly 86 percent of all the patients with confirmed cases have been hospitalized, ... Read More

San Diego Grapples With Major Hepatitis A Outbreak

Facing an epidemic of homelessness on its streets, the City of San Diego now has a new related problem: a rapidly growing outbreak of Hepatitis A. San Diego County health officials declared a public health emergency in the city as the rate of Hepatitis A infection continues to surge. So far the outbreak has sickened about 400 people and killed at least 15. These numbers are likely larger however because they only reflect the illnesses that have been reported and confirmed. The health officials painted a picture of a downtown San Diego that is akin to an undeveloped country. A ... Read More

Hepatitis A Outbreak Prompts Overhaul of Hawaii’s Food Safety Rules

The State of Hawaii has enacted new food safety rules a year after the state’s largest-ever outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to imported scallops infected about 300 and exposed hundreds more. As of Saturday, Sept. 7, the Hawaii Department of Health requires all “food establishments” to have at least one “person in charge” who possesses a food handlers education certificate present at all times the business is preparing and serving food. Food handler certification is offered in Hawaii both in traditional classes and online by a multitude of sources. The training and subsequent test typically cost $0-$15 and take less ... Read More

Hepatitis A In Frozen Tuna Prompts Another Recall

Federal and state health officials are investigating the potential hepatitis A contamination of frozen yellowfin tuna distributed by Hilo Fish Company to restaurants and other customers in California, New York, Oklahoma and Texas. The risk of contamination was discovered in mid-May after Hilo Fish tested samples of frozen tuna provided by the Sustainable Seafood Company of Vietnam and Santa Cruz Seafood Inc. of the Philippines. Earlier, in May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that people who consumed raw tuna products from several supermarkets and restaurants on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, between April 27 and May 1 may ... Read More

Another Hepatitis A Outbreak In Hawaii Linked to Raw Tuna

People who ate raw tuna products from several supermarkets and restaurants on the island of Oahu, Hawaii between April 27 and May 1 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says in a recall notice for raw frozen tuna. The FDA’s announcement of the recall and potential hepatitis A exposure come less than a year after Hawaii struggled to identify the source of and contain the state’s largest-ever hepatitis A outbreak, which was eventually linked to contaminated frozen scallops from the Philippines used in sushi. The current recall includes frozen tuna ... Read More

Imported frozen Strawberries Recalled Amid Hepatitis A Outbreak

An Egyptian food exporter is recalling certain lots of frozen strawberries in response to an outbreak of Hepatitis A virus. U.S. health officials traced the outbreak to frozen Egyptian strawberries used in smoothies served at some Tropical Smoothie Café establishments. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that the International Company for Agricultural Production & Processing (ICAPP), based in Ramadan, Egypt, is recalling the frozen strawberries it sent to the U.S. since Jan. 1, 2016, out of an abundance of caution. The recall came a few days after the FDA said ICAPP’s frozen strawberries would not be admitted into ... Read More

Two Deaths Linked To Hawaii’s Hepatitis A Outbreak

Two people infected with a strain of Hepatitis A traced to frozen Philippine scallops served raw at Genki Sushi restaurants in Hawaii have died. The Hawaii Department of Health confirmed the two deaths last week. One of the deaths is not directly attributed to the Hepatitis A infection because that person had already been classified as terminally ill and was receiving hospice care. The other victim was a woman in her 60s who contracted the outbreak strain of the virus found in the contaminated scallops. The woman developed liver failure and was unable to receive a liver transplant. Her death ... Read More

Hawaii’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Extends To Dozens of Hawaiian Airlines Flights

Hawaiian health authorities continue to monitor the state’s largest-ever outbreak of hepatitis A that originated from a chain of sushi restaurants serving contaminated frozen scallops and continues to spread to other possible points of infection. Documents filed in Hawaii Circuit Court by a woman who was potentially exposed to the virus indicate the hepatitis A outbreak currently extends to at least 51 places where food was served, including several Hawaiian Airlines flights. According to a statement on Hawaiian Airlines’ website, infected crewmembers worked on 37 flights between July 10 and August 12. Most of the flights were inter-island flights, but ... Read More