Frozen Egyptian Strawberries Believed The Cause Of Hepatitis A Outbreak

Nov 15, 2016

The strawberries have been linked to restaurants in Marion, Hendricks and Hamilton counties.
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State health officials say frozen strawberries distributed to some Indiana restaurants are giving people hepatitis A.

In a warning to Hoosiers, the Indiana State Department of Health says multiple states are looking at a hepatitis A outbreak that may be linked to frozen strawberries imported from Egypt.

So far, eight restaurants in Marion, Hamilton, and Hendricks counties have received the recalled strawberries and served them within the last two weeks.

State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams says anyone who ate anything containing strawberries at restaurants in those counties should contact their local health departments.

Some Hepatitis A symptoms mimic the flu – nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, fever, and jaundice.

Adams says these symptoms can take up to 50 days to appear.

On average, Indiana sees about 21 new hepatitis A cases yearly.