Start of the Hepatitis A epidemic: organic strawberries at the source of contamination in the US and Canada

About thirty hospitalized cases have been identified in the two countries. The health survey pointed to the fruit as the likely origin of the infections.

The investigation is ongoing, but American health officials have been able to trace the contamination.

For several weeks, a unexpected rise Cases of hepatitis A have been identified in the United States and Canada.

A thirty cases were thus officially registered and, in order to prevent the spread of the hepatitis A virus, the health authorities took the matter seriously.

Remember that hepatitis A, that’s a acute infectious liver disease is caused by the virus that is carried with feces.

So it only takes precarious hygienic conditions to transmit the virus via water, food, hands … with faeces.

Hepatitis A virus can also be transmitted during mouth-to-anus contact, according to the Hépatites Info service.


to United Statesthe FDA said it had been identified 17 cases Strawberry-related hepatitis A cases – 15 in California and one in Minnesota and North Dakota. Twelve people were hospitalized.

at Canadasaid health officials, who have confirmed them 10 cases – four in Alberta and six in Saskatchewan. Four people were hospitalized in this country, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

The FDA, along with CDC, Canadian, state and local partners, is investigating a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A in the United States and Canada that may be linked to FreshKampo & HEB brand fresh organic strawberries that occurred between March 5 and March 11, 2020 were purchased on April 25th.

— US FDA (@US_FDA) May 28, 2022

Two brands in the investigators’ sights

With this outbreak of the epidemic, health authorities were quick to point to Marken’s organic strawberries FreshKampo and HEB, sold on the supermarket shelves between March 5th and April 25thcould be the source of these contaminations.

A very useful survey to prevent and control the spread of the virus.

Consumers have therefore been urged to throw away the offending strawberries and those who ingested them see a doctor as soon as possible.

incubation period and symptoms

Infection with the virus usually goes unnoticed, mostly asymptomatic.

The proportion of forms with symptoms increases with age, as does the severity of hepatitis A.

after one Incubation from 15 to 50 daysan average of 30 days, hepatitis A is manifested by fever, significant fatigue, accompanied by nausea, abdominal pain, followed by jaundice.

Jaundice, or jaundice, is characterized by the yellowing of the skin and mucous membranes, which at the onset of the disease may only be visible at the level of the white of the eye, according to the Health Ministry.

The diagnosis is therefore mainly made by biological examinations.

Not a treatment but a vaccine

People who have never been infected or vaccinated should be monitored.

There is nono treatment to cure the disease. It is therefore advisable to wash fruit and vegetables well before consumption, even if they are organic.

Although hepatitis A goes away in a few weeks without treatment, the disease attacks the liver and can be fatal without a transplant.

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