Hawaii’s Hepatitis A outbreak tops 250; more cases likely

September 8, 2016

New victims in the Hawaii Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen, imported scallops continue to be identified, with the case count hitting 252 as of Wednesday.

More than a fourth of those people, 66, have had symptoms so severe that they required hospitalization, according to the weekly update from the Hawaii Department of Health. The outbreak continues to be limited to adults only, with all but four of the victims being residents of Hawaii.

Health officials expect the count to continue to increase, even though the likely source of the outbreak — frozen scallops harvested and packed in the Philippines