Hepatitis A Outbreak

Anyone who has had food poisoning will tell you that it is a miserable experience.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 75 million cases of food borne illness in the United States every year. While most are relatively mild, hundreds of thousands of cases require hospitalization and thousands result in death

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that can make you feel like you have the flu, complete with loss of appetite, extreme tiredness, muscle aches, yellowing of the eyes or skin, nausea and vomiting and a low-grade fever.

You can get Hepatitis A if you eat or drink something that is contaminated with the virus. It is very contagious and can also be contracted through contact with someone who already has it. If you have been infected with Hepatitis A, and it has affected your life, get in touch with an experienced personal injury lawyer, they will help you get the compensation you need from those responsible.

The illness ranges from mild cases lasting a few weeks to severe cases lasting for months. The incubation time for the virus ranges from two to six weeks.

Recently a Dana Point business was sued in connection with an outbreak of Hepatitis A that has infected more than 100 people across several states.

The Federal Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control have determined that Purely Pomegranate Inc. is responsible for the outbreak; they are importers and sellers of Turkish pomegranate seeds which appear to be the culprit.

According to CDC, all of the confirmed victims became ill after eating Townsend Farms Organic Anti-oxidant Blend, a frozen berry blend sold across the country in Costco stores. Harris Teeter also sold the now recalled product, but so far no illnesses have been linked to the retailer.

Three weeks ago, Townsend Farms Inc. recalled certain lots of the frozen berries linked to the outbreak. This week, Scenic Fruit Company recalled certain lots of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels, also thought to be at risk for contamination. Both companies initiating recalls are based in Oregon.

If you believe you have been exposed to the contaminated pomegranate seeds, see your doctor as soon as possible. There have been no deaths reported so far, but there have been more than 60 reported hospitalizations, according to the CDC.

If you or a loved one has been injured by contaminated food, please contact one of the experienced personal injury attorneys at the San Bernardino law offices of Welebir | Tierney A Professional Law Corporation. Depending on the severity of the injury and how the food was contaminated, you may have a valid claim for damages.

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