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North Dakota, Minnesota report hepatitis cases tied to strawberries

One case linked to the outbreak has been reported in North Dakota and one case has been reported in Minnesota.

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Health officials are warning that a disease threat exists with some organic strawberries this summer.
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FARGO — The North Dakota and Minnesota departments of health are warning of an outbreak of hepatitis A cases in the United States associated with fresh, organic strawberries.

One case linked to the outbreak has been reported in North Dakota and one case has been reported in Minnesota.

In North Dakota, the individual was hospitalized and has since recovered.

In the Minnesota case, the person was not hospitalized and has since recovered. In that case, the person became ill after eating strawberries purchased from Mississippi Market on March 21, 2022. The strawberries were labeled under the FreshKampo name.

Health officials warn that anyone who purchased FreshKampo and HEB fresh organic strawberries between March 5 and April 25 and then froze those strawberries for later consumption should not eat them.

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These products were sold nationwide at the following retailers, including, but not limited to:

  • Aldi
  • HEB
  • Kroger
  • Safeway
  • Sprouts Farmers Market
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Walmart
  • Weis Markets
  • WinCo Foods

Consumers who purchased fresh organic strawberries branded as FreshKampo or HEB between March 5, 2022, and April 25, 2022, ate those berries in the last two weeks and have not been vaccinated against hepatitis A, are advised by health officials to immediately consult with their health care professional to determine whether post exposure prophylaxis is needed.
Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver. Symptoms may include fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, pale stools or jaundice. Children younger than 6 often have few or no symptoms.

To report cases of hepatitis, please call 701-328-2378 or 1-800-472-2180.

More information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's outbreak webpage.

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