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FDA investigating hepatitis A outbreak possibly linked to strawberries

Posted at 10:55 PM, May 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-29 22:58:53-04

The FDA and the CDC are investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A that is possibly linked to organic strawberries that were sold at several retailers in the U.S. and Canada.

The affected strawberries were purchased by consumers between March 5 and April 25, and should not be eaten.

The affected strawberries, which are past their shelf life, were sold at retailers nationwide, including Aldi, Kroger, Trader Joe's and Walmart.

Cases of hepatitis A have been reported by consumers in California, Minnesota and Canada, all of whom purchased strawberries before falling ill. At least 17 illnesses and 12 hospitalizations have been recorded so far nationwide, according to the FDA.

Hepatitis A is a contagious virus that can ultimately cause liver disease, according to the FDA. Symptoms include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, jaundice, dark urine and pale stools. Infections typically recover within one to two weeks, though in rare cases, it may become chronic.

Strawberries should be thrown away if you are unsure what brand was purchased, or when and where they were bought, the FDA recommended. Frozen strawberries should also be thrown away.

Anyone experiencing symptoms of hepatitis A after consuming strawberries should contact their health care provider.