Beginning of the hepatitis A epidemic: organic strawberries at the source of contamination in the United States and Canada

About thirty cases have been identified in the two countries with hospitalizations. The health survey pointed to the fruits as the probable origin of the infections.

The investigation is ongoing, but the American health authorities have managed to trace the contamination.

For several weeks, a unexpected rise cases of hepatitis A have been identified in the United States and Canada.

A thirty cases have thus been officially registered, and to prevent the spread of the hepatitis A virus, the health authorities have taken the matter seriously.

Remember that hepatitis A, which is a acute infectious liver disease is caused by the virus that is transmitted with feces.

So all it takes is precarious hygienic conditions for the virus to be transmitted through water, food, hands… contaminated with faeces.

Transmission of the hepatitis A virus can also occur during sexual intercourse in the event of mouth-anus contact, as reported by Hépatites Info service.


To United Statesthe FDA said it identified 17 cases hepatitis A cases linked to strawberries – 15 in California and one in Minnesota and North Dakota. Twelve people were hospitalized.

At Canadahealth officials said they have confirmed 10 cases – four in Alberta and six in Saskatchewan. Four people have been hospitalized in this country, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

The FDA, along with CDC, Canadian, state, and local partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A in the US & Canada potentially linked to fresh organic strawberries branded as FreshKampo & HEB, purchased between March 5 & April 25. https:/ /

— US FDA (@US_FDA) May 28, 2022

Two brands in the sights of investigators

With this start of the epidemic, the health authorities quickly pointed to organic strawberries from brands FreshKampo and HEB, sold on the supermarket shelves between March 5 and April 25could be the source of these contaminations.

A very useful survey to prevent the spread of the virus and to control it.

Consumers were therefore asked to throw away the offending strawberries and for those who ingested them to see a doctor as soon as possible.

Incubation period and symptoms

Infection with the virus usually goes unnoticed, it is mostly asymptomatic.

The proportion of forms with symptoms increases with age as does the severity of hepatitis A.

After one incubation of 15 to 50 dayson average 30 days, hepatitis A is manifested by fever, significant fatigue accompanied by nausea, abdominal pain followed by jaundice.

Jaundice or jaundice is characterized by the yellow coloring of the skin and mucous membranes which may only be visible, at the start of the disease, at the level of the white of the eye, as reported by the Ministry of Health.

The diagnosis is therefore mainly made by biological examinations.

No treatment but a vaccine

People who have never been infected or vaccinated should be monitored.

There is nono treatment to cure the disease. It is therefore recommended to wash your fruits and vegetables well before eating them, even if they come from organic farming.

Even if hepatitis A heals in a few weeks without treatment, this disease attacks the liver and without a transplant it can be fatal.

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