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Hepatitis A linked to strawberries? The US FDA and CDC are investigating the cause


The United States Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A that may be linked to two brands of organic strawberries sold at various merchants in the United States and Canada.

According to the FDA, strawberries purchased between March 5 and April 25 under the FreshKampo and HEB brands should not be eaten.

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The contaminated strawberries were sold in stores across the country, including Aldi, HEB, Kroger, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Weis Market and WinCo Foods.

Consumers in California, Minnesota and Canada have all reported cases of hepatitis A after buying strawberries before falling ill. According to the FDA, at least 17 illnesses and 12 hospitalizations have been reported so far across the country.

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According to the FDA, hepatitis A is an infectious virus that can damage the liver. Fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, jaundice, dark urine and pale stools are some of the symptoms. Infections usually resolve within one to two weeks, although they can become chronic in rare circumstances.

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According to the FDA, strawberries should be discarded if you don’t know what brand you bought or when or where you bought them. Strawberries that have been frozen should also be discarded.

Anyone who develops symptoms of hepatitis A after eating strawberries should seek medical attention immediately.

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