A shipment of strawberries imported from Egypt has sickened at least 55 people across six states.
According to CNN, the US Centers for Disease Control has confirmed 44 total infections in Virginia, where the outbreak first appeared. Other infections have been found in Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, Oregon and Wisconsin.
Almost all of those who have been infected with the illness purchased smoothies in various Tropical Smoothie Café locations. It is believed that the strawberries used in the smoothies caused the infections. Due to Hepatitis A’s long incubation period, it took many weeks for health investigators to find the connection.
Mike Rotondo, CEO of Tropical Smoothie Café, says that his business has removed all possibly affected strawberries from his locations. He has also found new shipping sources for all of his produce.
Those suffering from Hepatitis A can suffer from jaundice, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. The CDC says they are still investigating the incident and are looking for any other possible cases of infection.
If you believe you may have consumed anything that puts you at risk for infection, the CDC recommends visiting a doctor immediately to stop any further spread of the illness.