6 states linked to Hepatitis A outbreak from blackberries

The Newsweek reported a hepatitis A outbreak from fresh blackberries linked to Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores, making 16 people sick across six states.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in November that the outbreak affected 11 people in Indiana, Nebraska and Wisconsin and on Monday, the states grew to three more, Michigan, Minnesota and Missouri.

Residents in those six states and neighboring states — Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania should discard any blackberries purchased from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market according to the US Food and Drug Administration.

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is under investigation by the FDA, but is working with suppliers to find the source of the contamination.

Hepatitis A is not B or C; Hepatitis A is a liver infection spread by a person when they eat or drink something contaminated by stool an infected person. According to The New York Post “Symptoms include fever, fatigue, dark urine, vomiting, joint pain, and jaundice,” and the disease is treated with a vaccine.

It is contagious and will go away in two months after a person was infected, but it can also be fatal if left untreated.

Since 1995, U.S. cases of hepatitis A dropped 95% since the introduction of the vaccine.

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