NBC 12 News reports that 4 cases of Hepatitis A have been reported in Central Virginia. Altogether, Tropical Smoothie Café strawberries are to blame for 17 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A in Virginia. Frozen strawberries imported from Egypt are to blame for the illness. After learning about the problem, Tropical Smoothie Café stopped using the strawberries in its stores.
Hepatitis A is spread primarily through food or water contaminated by stool from an infected person. Hepatitis A can be prevented by vaccination. There is no specific treatment for Hepatitis A. In most cases, the immune system clears the infection and the liver completely heals. Treatment aims to ease symptoms and reduce the risk of complications. Symptoms of Hepatitis A are as follows:
- Pain in the belly
- Loss of appetite