Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked to Tainted Scallops and Strawberries

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The Food and Drug Administration announced that scallops coming from the Philippines have lead to an outbreak of over 200 cases of hepatitis A in Hawaii. Sea Port Products Corp in Washington distributed the infected scallops, and those who order scallops in a restaurant should ask where their food came from.

Meanwhile, in Virginia, frozen strawberries used at Tropical Smoothie Cafes have lead to 23 confirmed infections of hepatitis A. The company has since thrown out all of the strawberries from their Egyptian supplier.

Officials still urge anyone who consumed one of their smoothies in the past 50 days to watch for symptoms of the disease. This includes fatigue, nausea, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes) and fever.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis A virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter — even in microscopic amounts — from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the feces, or stool, of an infected person.”

When it comes to this disease, it’s definitely better safe than sorry.