DENVER – If you've eaten anything made with frozen strawberries within the past two weeks at several Colorado restaurants, you may have been exposed to hepatitis A, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned Friday.
So far, no Colorado cases of the condition have been reported, but if you ate anything that was prepared with frozen strawberries, you should contact your doctor as soon as possible to discuss whether you need shots to prevent the hepatitis A virus.
Health officials listed the following eleven Colorado eateries as having served frozen strawberries imported from Egypt, which is likely the source of the outbreak in nine states, according to health officials:
The Weld County Department of Health and Environment added two other locations that served the recalled strawberries, that do not yet appear on the list above:
- Weld County - Fat Albert's Restaurant - 1717 23rd Ave. - Greeley (Strawberries were last served on Oct. 24)
- Weld County - Red Rooster Restaurant - 4330 CO-66 - Longmont (Strawberries were last served on Oct. 28)
The frozen strawberries were not sold at grocery stores or warehouses, health officials added.
So far, 134 people have been diagnosed with hepatitis A in the following states: Arkansas, California, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
“Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection that results from exposure to the hepatitis A virus. Illness from hepatitis A generally begins around 28 days after exposure (a range of 15–50 days) and symptoms include fatigue, stomach pain, jaundice, dark urine and clay-colored stool,” health officials said in a press release obtained by Denver7.
Hepatitis A can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months. In rare cases, the infection can lead to liver failure, particularly in people who have a pre-existing liver disease or weakened immune systems, the health official added.
For more information about this outbreak, go to the CDC’s website here.
To check the growing list of affected eateries, click here.