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Tehama County Public Health reports two probable cases of Hepatitis A infection

By KRCR Staff
Published On: Jun 07 2013 06:20:54 PM CDT

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating a Hepatitis A outbreak linked to a frozen organic berry mix sold by an Oregon company.

The F.D.A. is saying that 30 cases of Hepatitis A have been linked to "Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend" berries and now, Tehama County Health Services Agency, Public Health Division has identified two probable cases of Hepatitis A infection within the county, less than a week after another case had been identified in Shasta County.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said some people have reported buying the mix at Costco. The grocery warehouse store said the product has since been removed from its shelves.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that is spread by person-to-person contact or through contaminated food or water.

It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A usually appear two to six weeks after exposure. The most common symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, dark-colored urine, joint pain, and jaundice (a yellowing of the skin and eyes).

If you think you might be at risk of the infection, contact your doctor.

Vaccinations are available but experts say washing your hands is the best line of defense for this and many other illnesses.