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3 Hawaii hepatitis A cases linked to berry blend

June 4, 2013
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii health officials are investigating three cases of hepatitis A linked to frozen berries.

The state Department of Health said Monday that the two patients on Oahu and one on Kauai share a common history of having consumed Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend, which is distributed by Costco.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that approximately 30 cases of the virus in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada are potentially associated with the frozen berry blend.

The Hawaii residents became ill in May and are recovering or have recovered. One required brief hospitalization.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that can last from a few weeks to a several months.



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