(Mirror Daily, United States) Officials announced an increased number of hepatitis A cases in the United States. It seems like all the patients have one thing in common, namely being customers at Tropical Smoothies Café.
The first hepatitis A cases were reported in Virginia. Immediate investigations from authorities revealed that the virus came from frozen strawberries imported from Egypt. The owners of the restaurant withdraw their products based on the contaminated fruits.They also announced that they changed their supplier. However, most of the victims are from Virginia. There have been reported more than half of the cases.
Almost twenty other people across the United States have been infected with hepatitis A because they ordered strawberry smoothies. Besides Virginia, other states have reported the disease, such as North Carolina, Oregon, New York, Maryland, and Wisconsin.
The first hepatitis A case emerged in Virginia this summer. The victim was one of the employees at a Tropical Smoothie Café. Other eighty-eight cases have recently been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thirty-nine of the patients needed to be hospitalized. Fortunately, none of the cases is severe, so there are no deaths involved.
Earlier in August, officials from the Tropical Smoothies Café in Virginia apologized to their customers and assured them that the situation wouldn’t happen again. Authorities also suggested people who went to the café between 5 and 8 August that they should visit a doctor and get their vaccines as a precaution measure against the disease.
Doctors believe that this is an outbreak, and they expect to be treating more hepatitis A patients in the weeks to come. The virus can take up to fourteen days to reveal its symptoms, and there is a high possibility that people should be infected with the virus, but not knowing it yet.
Hepatitis A is a disease which affects the liver. It is associated with pale shades of the skin, abdominal pain, fever, and nausea among others. Specialists say that vaccines and medication can significantly improve patients’ condition if they are administered in due time. According to doctors, it is advisable to undergo treatment as soon as possible after the exposure to the virus. However, it is hard to tell whether someone got the virus or on, as the disease can take weeks to manifest.
Hepatitis A vaccines have been introduced in the mid-1990s. Ever since the rate of the disease has been significantly lowered.
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