Egyptian Strawberries Tied to Hepatitis A Outbreak

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Sept. 8, 2016 -- Frozen strawberries from Egypt have been linked to a foodborne hepatitis A outbreak that's affected 89 people in seven states, U.S. health officials say.

Thirty-nine of the patients have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

There have been 70 cases in Virginia, 10 in Maryland, 5 in West Virginia, and 1 each in New York, North Carolina, Oregon and Wisconsin.

Investigators traced the outbreak to frozen strawberries from Egypt that were used in smoothies sold before Aug. 8 at Tropical Smoothie Cafe outlets in Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe says it has switched to another strawberry supplier for all its restaurants nationwide.

Hepatitis A is a serious illness that affects the liver. Symptoms include yellow eyes or skin, abdominal pain, or pale stools. Symptoms of hepatitis A infection can take up to 50 days to appear.

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