Hepatitis A Outbreak Linked To Berry Mix Sickens 79 People: CDC

The multistate outbreak of hepatitis A infections potentially linked to consumption of "Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend" frozen berry and pomegranate mix has sickened 79 people across eight states namely, Arizona, California Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Washington, as of June 7, 2013, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Thirty people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.

Townsend Farms Inc. of Fairview, Oregon voluntarily recalled certain lots of its frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend due to potential to be contaminated with hepatitis A virus on June 3, 2013. The product was sold at Costco warehouse stores and Harris Teeter stores.

As per preliminary laboratory studies, the strain of hepatitis A virus (HAV) involved in the outbreak is genotype 1B, which is rarely seen in the Americas but circulates in the North Africa and Middle East regions, says the CDC.

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