!!! WARNING !!! Illegal aliens contaminate blueberries with hepatitis A in AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV
June 1st, 2013
State and federal health officials are investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A that may stem from frozen mixed berries sold at Costco.
Thirty cases have been reported since late April in Colorado and four other western states: New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and California. The most recent outbreak was on May 21, but health officials say it takes around 30 days to become sick with Hepatitis A, so the number of those infected could change.
In Colorado, five people living in Adams, Boulder, Clear Creek, Eagle and Jefferson counties have fallen ill.
In total, seven cases have been confirmed in Arizona. Five of those were in Maricopa County.
“At this time, early in the investigation, it appears that there is a low risk in contracting hepatitis A from these berries, however, out of an abundance of caution, it is best to just throw away these berries if they are in your freezer,” said Dr. Bob England, director of Maricopa County Department of Public Health in a release. “If you have already received a hepatitis A vaccine or if you have had hepatitis A in the past, you should have protection from the illness.”