Hepatitis-A Outbreak Linked to Oregon Berry Farm; Active in Nevada

By: AP/Staff Email
By: AP/Staff Email

Nevada State Health Division officials:

"It is recommended that consumers discard the product.  Persons who have consumed this product in the last 14 days should consider contacting a health care provider to determine if vaccination against hepatitis A is indicated and available. People who have had physician-diagnosed hepatitis A or have received two doses of hepatitis A vaccine in the past do not need to receive more vaccine. Those who do not have a primary care physician should call their local health department."

The outbreak is associated with berries sold at Costco, and maybe other locations. Hepatitis cases have been identified in Washoe and Clark Counties. Costco is notifying its members who purchased this product since late February 2013, and has removed this product from its shelves.

Carson City Health and Human Services//887-2190

Washoe County Health District/328-2447                                                        

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to a frozen organic berry mix from a farm in Oregon.

The FDA said Friday that 30 illnesses are linked to Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend, which contains pomegranate seed mix. Illnesses were reported in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, and California.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that can last from a few weeks to a several months. It is spread when a person ingests, even in tiny amounts, contaminated fecal matter.

The FDA said it is inspecting the processing facilities of Townsend Farms of Fairview, Ore.

Hepatitis A illnesses occur within 15 to 50 days of exposure to the virus. Vaccination can prevent illness if given within two weeks of exposure.

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