Hepatitis A Outbreak Begins: Organic Strawberries at the Source of Contamination in the United States and Canada

About 30 cases were reported in both countries with hospitalizations. The health survey pointed to the fruit as the probable source of the infection.

The investigation is underway, but the US health authorities have managed to trace the path of contamination.

For a few weeks, one unexpected rise of hepatitis A has been reported in the United States and Canada.

One thirty cases were thus officially registered, and in order to avoid the spread of the hepatitis A virus, the health authorities were taken into account in the series.

Recall that hepatitis A which is one acute infectious disease of the liver is caused by the virus that is transmitted with the lesion feces.

Therefore, poor hygiene conditions are sufficient for the virus to be transmitted through water, food, food … contaminated by fecal matter.

Hepatitis virus transmission It can be equated with sexual intercourse in case of contact with the mouth-anus, such as the report Hepatitis Info service.

The cases

Aux United States of Americathe FDA said it had identified 17 cases of hepatitis A related to strawberries – 15 in California and one in Minnesota and North Dakota. Twelve people were hospitalized.

Have Canadahealth officials said they had confirmed 10 cases – four in Alberta and six in Saskatchewan. Four people have been hospitalized in this country, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The FDA, along with CDC, Canadian, state and local partners, is investigating a potential hepatitis A outbreak in several states in the United States and Canada, potentially related to fresh organic strawberries, FreshKampo & HEB brand, purchased between March 5 and April 25. https://t.co/7eCsxY5Une pic.twitter.com/prtfw9UWQB

– US FDA (@US_FDA) May 28, 2022

Two marks in the sights of the investigators

With this outbreak beginning, the health authorities quickly pointed out organic strawberries from the brands FreshKampo and HEB, vandal on the shelves of supermarkets between March 5 and April 25may be the cause of these contaminations.

A very useful survey to prevent the spread of the virus and to control.

Consumers were therefore asked to discard the incriminated strawberries and for those who allegedly ingested them. consult a doctor as soon as possible.

Incubation period and symptoms

The infection with the virus generally goes unnoticed, it is mainly asymptomatic.

The proportion of symptoms with symptoms increases with age as does the severity of hepatitis A.

After a incubation for 15 to 50 daysOn average 30 days, hepatitis A is manifested by fever, a significant fatigue accompanied by nausea, abdominal pain followed by jaundice.

La jaunisse or ictère is characterized by a yellow coloration of the skin and mucous membranes that may not be visible at the beginning of the disease at the level of the blanc de l’œil, such as the report of the Ministry of Health.

The diagnosis is therefore made by biological examinations.

No treatment, but a vaccine

People who have never been infected or vaccinated are surveillance.

There is nono treatment to cure the disease. It is therefore recommended to wash your fruits and vegetables well before eating them even if they come from organic farming.

Even though hepatitis A is cured in a few weeks without treatment, the disease can spread to the liver and can be fatal without a transplant.

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