State investigating doable hepatitis A hyperlink to natural strawberries

The Minnesota Well being and Agriculture departments are investigating a hepatitis A outbreak probably linked to natural strawberries. Based on the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration there was one recognized hepatitis A case in Minnesota and one other in North Dakota.

The FDA indicated that FreshKampo and H-E-B model strawberries bought between March 5 and April 25 have been the doubtless explanation for the outbreak. Retailers who bought the strawberries embody Aldi, Dealer Joe’s and Walmart.

State investigators are involved there could possibly be greater than a single case in Minnesota.

“As with most foodborne sickness investigations, we anticipate that there could possibly be different circumstances of sickness on the market, however they is probably not conscious of the connection,” stated Alida Sorenson, a spokeswoman with MDA.

Hepatitis A is a contagious virus that may trigger liver illness. An infection by way of contaminated meals or water is much less widespread than contracting it from shut contact with somebody who’s contaminated.

Based on the FDA there have been 17 circumstances within the U.S. and 12 hospitalizations due the outbreak. All however two of the circumstances are in California. There are further circumstances in Canada.

H-E-B is a Texas-based grocer. Based on a press release posted to its website online in Sunday: “No diseases from strawberries associated to the FDA investigation have been reported at H-E-B or in Texas. … H-E-B has not acquired or bought natural strawberries from the provider underneath investigation since April 16.”

Producer FreshKampo is predicated in Mexico.

The FDA bulletin famous: “As this investigation is ongoing, further merchandise could also be included.”

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