An outbreak of hepatitis A has afflicted almost 90 people after drinking strawberry smoothies.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that the victims are from seven states and out of 54 of them interviewed by investigators, they drank strawberry smoothies before the 8th of August at a Tropical Smoothie Café in the following locations:
- Five in West Virginia
- 10 in Maryland
- One in North Carolina
- One in New York
- One in Oregon
- One in Wisconsin
- 70 in Virginia
The CDC added that people who drank the smoothie after the mentioned date no longer have issues because the contaminated fruits, which were imported frozen strawberries, have already been removed. While there are no deaths reported, more than 30 people have already been hospitalized. It is expected that more cases will arise because it can take up to 50 days before symptomsof the disease start to appear.
Not the First Time
This outbreak that is linked to smoothies isn’t the first case that involved contaminated frozen foods. Back May, CRF Frozen Foods in Washington needed an enormous recall of iced fruits and vegetables because of listeria in their packed goods. That’s not absolutely all; back 2013, Oregon-based Townsend Farms ended the utilization of iced berry mixes after almost 50 people experienced from hepatitis.
Frozen Doesn’t Mean Safe
Many people believe freezing foods can assist in improving safety, but this isn’t the actual outbreak showed. Consumers can recognize that freezing foods, along with fresh produce, can be polluted with infections and bacterias. What freezing will is it only preserves food, but winter don’t really have an effect on bacterias – except to put them on hold. Once you thaw them, they will start multiplying and they can cause diseases.
About Hepatitis A
As mentioned, the symptoms can appear after 50 days, which may include:
- Dark urine
- Joint pain
- Abdominal pain
Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by a virus that can make you mildly to severely sick. The virus is transmitted through eating contaminated water or food. What’s scary is that this can spread from one person to another through direct contact. Thankfully, almost everyone can recover from the disease and there’s a vaccine for it that can help achieve lifelong immunity. There is absolutely no specific treatment because of this disease though, however the symptoms is going away after weeks to a few months. Most significant thing to keep in mind is to avoid offering paracetamol or acetaminophen and every other medication that prevents vomiting.