A 22-year-old Santa Clara County woman is the first confirmed case of Hepatitis A linked to a multiple-state outbreak linked to frozen berries sold at Costco stores, officials from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department announced today.
Consumers are being warned not to eat Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries sold through Costco stores, as they may be linked to the hepatitis infections.
The Santa Clara County woman was hospitalized in late May after contracting the illness. She had consumed Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries, which she purchased from Costco. She has since been released from the hospital and is recovering well, authorities said.
More than 30 people have been sickened with Hepatitis A in five states including California after consuming the Townsend Farms berry blend. The product is sold at many stores. Costco has taken the product off its shelves. Consumers who have the product at home should throw it away, health officials said.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A can show up between two and six weeks after consuming the product. They include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain, and yellowing of the skin and white parts of eyes (jaundice).
People who get sick even with mild symptoms after eating the berries should contact their health care provider, officials said. People who have been vaccinated against Hepatitis A are protected. Getting a vaccine within two weeks of eating the berries can protect one against developing the illness. Most children have been vaccinated, but children under the age of six often do not show symptoms, officials said.
Santa Clara County Public Health Department is working with the California Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other local health departments regarding the outbreak. Updated information for Santa Clara County will be posted at www.sccphd.org.