Feds’ updates on strawberry Hep A outbreak thin; 3 more sick

October 21, 2016

Federal officials reported their investigations are ongoing into a Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen Egyptian strawberries served in smoothies, with 134 people now sickened and little if any progress made on the international aspects of the situation.

Field workers harvest strawberries in Egypt. Strawberry exports are heavily promoted on the Egyptian government’s website.

The 134 case count as of Oct. 17, and reported Oct. 20 by the Centers for Disease Control, spans nine states. Seventy percent, or 52 of the sick people have had symptoms so serious they required hospitalized. Virginia has been hardest hit, with 107 people confirmed