Colorado Hepatitis A cases possibly linked to berries sold at Costco

Posted: June 1, 2013 in local news

By Nic Turiciano
The Denver Post

Five Colorado residents have contracted Hepatitis A in an outbreak affecting 30 people across the southwest United States.

State and federal health officials are investigating the outbreak, which is believed to be linked to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries purchased from Costco, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The product, which contains cherries, blueberries, pomegranate seeds, raspberries and strawberries, has been removed from Costco’s shelves.

The five Colorado residents affected include three women and two men ranging in age from 35 to 71. Other states with related Hepatitis A cases are New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and California.

Anyone who has eaten the berries within the last 14 days is encouraged to contact their medical provider for an immunization, officials said.

Symptoms of HepatitisA include mild fever, vomiting, nausea fatigue, pain in the upper right side of the abdomen and jaundice, and typically appear two to six weeks after exposure.

Hepatitis A is aliver disease. Mild cases can last a few weeks, with more severe cases lasting several months.

Nic Turiciano: 303-954-1223, of follow@Nic_Turishawno

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