CCPH: Frozen Berries Linked To Hepatitis Cases



The Coos County Public Health Department reports that a growing number of cases of Hepatitis A, currently 61 in 7 western states, have been linked to the consumption of Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries sold at Costco stores. There have been no confirmed cases in Oregon, but there have been many bags of the frozen berries sold in Costco stores throughout Oregon.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from exposure to the Hepatitis A virus. It can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months. Illness generally occurs within 15 to 50 days of exposure and includes fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice, dark urine and pale stool. Anyone who has eaten the frozen berries and has symptoms of hepatitis should contact their health care provider immediately.

Persons who may have eaten the frozen berries within the last 14 days should call their health care provider or Coos County Public Health to determine if the Hepatitis A vaccination is appropriate. If it has been more than 14 days since eating the berries, vaccination will not work.

Immunoglobulin is recommended only for infants less than1year of age and those who are immunocompromised. For questions, call Coos County Public Health at 541-751-2400.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 and is filed under Local News, State News.