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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

Mysterious, Polio-like Illness Surges In U.S., CDC Fears Outbreak

U.S. health officials are warning U.S residents of a sharp increase in the number of children paralyzed by a mysterious polio-like illness called Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM). The recent surge of AFM cases has reached 50 so far this year, more than double the number of cases reported last year, stoking concerns that an outbreak is shaping up. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the illness was first detected in August 2014. By December, the number of cases confirmed swelled to 120 across 34 states. “With the sharp rise in cases already confirmed this year, ... 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

Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked To Strawberry Smoothies Spreads to Eight States

An outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to frozen strawberries from Egypt used by a smoothie chain has grown to include at least 119 people in eight states, federal health officials reported Friday. The report does not include an additional four cases reported in Virginia around the same time, which brings the national total to 123 infections. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that the illnesses have led to 47 hospitalizations, with the vast majority of cases being reported in Virginia. In August, Virginia Department of Health officials linked the growing outbreak to Tropical Smoothie Café restaurants ... Read More

Lawsuits Filed In Virginia Against Tropical Smoothie Over Hepatitis A Contamination

Tropical Smoothie Café faces two lawsuits in Virginia filed in connection with a hepatitis A outbreak linked to Egyptian strawberries, including one potential class-action that includes scores of plaintiffs who have had a smoothie at one of the chain’s Virginia cafes before Aug 8. Using genetic testing, Virginia Department of Health officials were able to identify the hepatitis A strain as one that has been associated with past outbreaks stemming from frozen strawberries imported from Egypt. Further research led the health officials to discover certain Tropical Smoothie Café chains used such strawberries in many of their blended drinks. The smoothie ... Read More

Hawaii Sushi Restaurant Chain Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Hepatitis A Outbreak

Hawaii’s Hepatitis A outbreak continues to grow even after state health officials identified the source of the virus. The outbreak, now the state’s largest-ever Hepatitis A outbreak, has prompted a class action against the Genki Sushi chain of restaurants that could potentially include 10,000 or more plaintiffs – essentially anyone who dined at a Genki Sushi location in Oahu or Kauai during the past five months, lawyers involved in the case say. On Aug. 15, the Hawaii Department of Health determined that raw, frozen scallops imported from the Philippines were the source of the Hepatitis A virus that has sickened at ... Read More

Outbreak of Crypto Parasite Linked To Ohio Swimming Pools

More than 100 people have been sickened in a giant cryptosporidiosis outbreak linked to swimming pools in Ohio, state health officials warned. Cryptosporidiosis is a diarrheal disease caused by microscopic Cryptosporidium parasites, which can live in the intestines of humans and animals and is transmitted in the stool of an infected person or animal. Both the disease and the parasite are commonly known as “Crypto.” Because they are armored by an outer shell cryptosporidium parasites can live in a chlorinated pool for more than 10 days. People swimming in a contaminated pool can easily become sickened by ingesting the water. Symptoms of ... Read More

Texas Cyclospora Outbreak Grows, Health Authorities Suspect Produce

Health official in Texas investigating a rising number of Cyclospora parasite infections in the state are focusing on fresh produce as the possible source. On Aug. 1, the Texas Department of State Health Services had reports of 55 Cyclospora cases in the state. By Thursday, the number of infections reported to health authorities rose to 72. Cyclospora cayetanensis is a parasite composed of one cell, too small to be seen without a microscope. This parasite causes an intestinal infection called cyclosporiasis, and symptoms usually begin two days to two weeks after ingestion of the parasite in contaminated food or water. The illness ... Read More

Legionnaire’s Death Toll Grows To 12 in Flint, Michigan

Most of the press concerning Flint, Michigan’s water crisis has focused on lead contamination and its devastating impact on many of the city’s children, but public health officials are also working to determine the extent of an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease likely tied to the corrupted water system. Michigan health officials reviewing medical data concerning the Legionnaire’s outbreak have confirmed 91 cases of the disease during the 17-month period in 2014 and 2015, a span of time correlating to the period that Flint began drawing its water from the highly contaminated Flint River instead of from Detroit and Lake Huron. ... Read More