Hepatitis A Outbreak Tied To Berries Spreads Across Several States — Including Michigan

WWJ News
December 03, 2019 - 4:53 pm

(WWJ/AP) A Hepatitis A outbreak tied to blackberries sold at Fresh Thyme grocery stores now includes 16 confirmed cases in six states.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it has confirmed 16 cases of Hepatitis A, including seven in Nebraska, as part of the outbreak in Nebraska, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin.

Fresh Thyme has said it's cooperating with the investigation and working with suppliers to identify the source of the contamination.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has urged consumers in Michigan, Nebraska, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania to discard any fresh blackberries bought from Fresh Thyme between Sept. 9 and Sept. 30, 2019.

Hepatitis A is a virus that infects the liver and can cause mild, flu-like symptoms for several weeks.

You're urged to contact your doctor if you think you may have become ill from eating these berries, or if you believe that you have eaten these berries in the last two weeks. ((Learn more about this outbreak HERE.)) 

This comes as health officials are warning people who visited two KFC locations in Michigan that they could have been exposed to Hep A, after a case was confirmed in an employee of restaurants in Birch Run and Grand Blanc.