Fruit Smoothies Infect 51 People With Hepatitis

August 31, 2016

Five states have been hit by the outbreak

The fruit smoothie, long thought of by many as a healthy meal replacement, is the cause of a Hepatitis A outbreak in five states across the country. Food Safety News reports the outbreak is linked to frozen strawberries served at Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations in Virginia, and 44 people in the state are sick. An additional seven people in Maryland, North Carolina, Oregon, and Wisconsin have been infected.

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control, though it is a “self-limited disease that does not result in