Of 28 people with hepatitis A in the United States and Canada, 17 were hospitalized.
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As of May 31, 2022, a total of 18 outbreak-associated cases of hepatitis A have been reported in 3 states – California (16), Minnesota (1), and North Dakota (1). The illnesses began on dates ranging from March 28, 2022 to May 6, 2022. Ill people range in age from 9 to 73, with a median age of 57.5. Sixty-seven percent of sick people are women. Of 18 people with available information, 13 (72%) were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Epidemiological and traceback evidence points to fresh organic strawberries, imported from Baja California, Mexico, as the likely source of this outbreak. The potentially affected FreshKampo and HEB products have exceeded their shelf life and are no longer available for purchase in the United States. People who purchased FreshKampo or HEB fresh organic strawberries between March 5, 2022 and April 15, 2022 and then froze those strawberries for later consumption should not eat them. These products may have been sold at the following retailers, including but not limited to: HEB, Kroger, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Weis Markets and WinCo Foods. A downstream recall from a company that may have used strawberries linked to this outbreak to manufacture product has been initiated. The recall concerns Urban Remedy Organic Revitalizing Tea Tonic Strawberry Hibiscus Rose. People should not drink the recalled tea.
In Canada, as of June 2, 2022, 10 laboratory-confirmed cases of hepatitis A were under investigation in two provinces: Alberta (4) and Saskatchewan (6). The people fell ill between early and mid-April 2022. The people who fell ill are between the ages of 10 and 75. Four people were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation of FreshKampo brand organic fresh strawberries purchased between March 5 and March 9, 2022 from Co-op stores in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Currently, there are no food recall warnings associated with this outbreak.
The US CDC and FDA are also investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A infections potentially linked to fresh organic strawberries. Investigators in Canada and the United States continue to collaborate to exchange information and identify commonalities in outbreak information that could identify additional sources of illness or help identify the cause of contamination of fresh organic strawberries.
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