Multi-state outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to frozen

Arizona

Multi-state outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to frozen berry blend

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YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced today they are investigating a hepatitis A outbreak they believe is linked to eating a frozen berries blend sold by Costco.

Some 30 cases of Hepatitis A have been reported in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, California and Nevada. 

The CDC has linked those cases to eating "Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend," a frozen berry and pomegranate mix.

Nine people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

So far no cases have been reported in Yuma County.

The CDC warns the public that these numbers are expected to change as the investigation continues. 

Many of those who were infected reported buying the product at Costco.

Since then, Costco has removed this product from stores and is notifying their member customers who have bought this product. 

The CDC, Food and Drug Administration and state health departments are investigating to determine if this product was sold at other stores or venues.

Symptoms of the Hepatitis A virus infection include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain and jaundice—a yellowing of the skin or eyes.

Symptoms can develop two to six weeks after consuming the infected product.

For more information, visit the CDC's website: http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Outbreaks/2013/A1b-03-31/index.html

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