FDA investigates hepatitis A outbreak that could be linked to organic strawberries

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently investigating the possibility of developing hepatitis A.

It may have something to do with both brands of organic strawberries sold in major grocery stores across the United States and Canada.

Here’s everything you need to know.

FDA investigates hepatitis A outbreak that could be linked to strawberries

The FDA is investigating a potential hepatitis A multi-strain outbreak.

They are also looking for infections in the US and Canada that may be related to FreshKampo and HEB brand organic strawberries.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and other regional partners are also investigating the outbreak.

Distributors are specifically looking for affected strawberries purchased between March 5, 2022 and April 25, 2022 at retailers nationwide. Some of them include Aldi, HEB, Kroger, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Weis Markets and WinCo Foods.

The FDA said, “When you buy strawberries, if you are not sure what brand you bought them from or where you bought them before freezing, you should throw them away.”

The FDA says 17 cases of hepatitis A have been reported so far, of which 12 are hospitalized. California reported more with 15 infections, while Minnesota and North Dakota each reported one case.

What are the symptoms of hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable contagious disease that can cause liver infections.

Hepatitis A virus (HAV) disease varies in severity. It can cause a mild infection that lasts only a few weeks. But it can also cause serious infections that can last for months.

However, it can be dangerous for people with pre-existing health problems and people with weakened immune systems. Rarely, hepatitis A infection progressed to liver failure, eventually leading to death.

Symptoms of hepatitis A include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, jaundice, dark urine and pale stools. It can last up to at least two months.

Being close to an infected person can spread the virus. You can also come into contact with contaminated food and beverages.

Hepatitis A most commonly occurs within 15 to 50 days after eating contaminated food.

If you notice any of the above symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider.



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