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Hepatitis A Outbreak Hits 161

As of September 3, 2013, 161 people have been confirmed to have become ill from hepatitis A after eating ‘Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend’ in 10 states: Arizona (23), California (78), Colorado (28), Hawaii (8), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (1), New Mexico (11), Nevada (6), Utah (3), and Wisconsin (2). [Note: The cases reported from Wisconsin resulted from exposure to the product in California, the cases reported from New Hampshire reported fruit exposure during travel to Nevada, and the case reported in New Jersey was a household contact of a confirmed case from Colorado.] Currently, 6 of the confirmed cases are household contacts of confirmed cases (secondary cases).

89 (55%) ill people are women

Ages range from 1 – 84 years

92 (57%) of those ill were between 40 – 64 years of age

11 children age 18 or under were also ill. None were previously vaccinated

Illness onset dates range from 3/31/2013 – 7/26/2013

70 (43%) ill people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported