State Health Department issues hep-A warning linked to frozen strawberries

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INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) – The Indiana State Department of Health issued a warning Tuesday to Indiana residents about a possible link between hepatitis A and frozen strawberries.

It’s part of a multistate investigation into a hepatitis A outbreak. Investigators believe the outbreak may be linked to frozen strawberries imported from Egypt and foods containing these strawberries.

The recalled strawberries were recently distributed to eight restaurants within Marion, Hamilton and Hendricks counties. Anyone who ate a food item with strawberries in an affected county since Nov. 1 should contact their local health department and health care provider.

IDHS said additional counties could be identified as the investigation continues.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams said the department is working diligently with local and federal agencies to identify where the strawberries were distributed and minimize the risk of infection.

“Hepatitis A is a serious illness, and we know many people may be concerned about whether they have been exposed through frozen strawberries,” Dr. Adams stated in a release. “The health and safety of Indiana residents is our top priority.”

Hepatitis A is caused by a virus that inflames the liver. Signs and symptoms of infection include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, fever and Jaundice. Symptoms can take up to 50 days after exposure to appear.

Click here to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more.