Hepatitis cases in 5-states linked to berries sold at Costco

Washington-based Costco corporation has pulled frozen Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend berries after 30 people in five states have contracted Hepatitis A infections linked to the berries.

So far, people in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico have become ill. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 11 of 17 patients who became ill with Hep-A can recall consuming the berries.

The berries contain a mixture of blueberries, cherries, pomegranate seeds, strawberries and raspberries and are sourced from Townsend Farms in Oregon.

Hepatitis A is a serious disease of the liver and is transmitted by consuming food or water contaminated with fecal matter. Symptoms for Hep-A can be mistaken for the flu and include fever, fatigue, nausea, appetite loss, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes), discoloration of the urine and clay-colored feces.

In Los Angeles, the health department has offered preventative treatment at special clinics after one person in LA County, two in San Bernardino County and one in Riverside, San Diego and Humboldt counties became ill.

People who have eaten the berries within the past two weeks are advised to contact their health care provider to get vaccinated.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have become seriously ill due to foodborne illness. With more than 40 years experience in personal injury law, we are here to assist you.

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