A Hepatitis A outbreak linked to blackberries sold at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market has expanded to include 16 cases in six states. Nine people have been hospitalized.
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The blackberries implicated in this outbreak were sold at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market from September 9 to September 30, 2019. Federal investigators are concerned that some consumers may have frozen the berries which does not eliminate the risk of exposure.
The six states reporting cases are: Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. Most of the cases occurred in Nebraska where seven cases have been reported so far. The case-patients reported that their onset of symptoms from October 8, 2019, to November 15, 2019.
Outbreak investigators interviewed 15 of the patients all of whom reported eating blackberries purchased from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores before they became ill.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus that causes infection of the liver. It is transmitted when someone ingests food contaminated with the fecal matter of an infected person.
Symptoms include yellowing of the skin or eyes, lack of appetite, nausea, abdominal cramps, fever, fatigue, dark urine and clay-colored stools. These symptoms can last weeks or months.
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