[Updated August 19 with final information] A hepatitis outbreak linked to organic strawberries sold at ALDI, HEB, Kroger, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Weis, and WinCo Foods has ended. Eighteen people in three states were sickened, 13 people were hospitalized.
The organic strawberries were sold under the brand names FreshKampo and HEB from March 5, 2022, to April 25, 2022. The number of illnesses reported from each state was: California (16), Minnesota (1), and North Dakota (1). In Canada 10 cases were reported, four in Alberta and six in Saskatchewan. Four of the patients, who range in age from 10 to 75, were hospitalized.
How is Hepatitis Spread?
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus that causes inflammation of the liver transmitted via the fecal-oral route, meaning stool from an infected person contaminates food that is ingested by others. This can happen if an infected food handler doesn’t properly wash hands after using the restroom.
Symptoms of a hepatitis A infection, which can take up to seven weeks to develop, include yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark urine, light-colored or clay-colored stools, decreased appetite, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, joint pain, and abdominal cramps.
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Update: This post was originally published May 29 and updated June 10 to include an additional case.