Friday, May 31, 2013

County & State health officials investigating hepatitis A infections

FLORENCE – The Arizona Department of Health Services in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A associated with Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend of frozen berries sold at Costco.  As of May 31, 2013, approximately 30 human infections are being investigated in five states.  Onset of illness ranges from mid-April 2013 to late May 2013.  Costco has removed the product from its stores.
“Pinal County residents that have this product in their freezers need to throw it away,” said Tom Schryer, Director of Public Health for Pinal County. 
Hepatitis A vaccine may prevent illness if given within 14 days after exposure.  If you have previously been vaccinated or had the disease you do not need to be re-vaccinated.