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Hepatitis A outbreak traced to Oregon farm

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An outbreak of 30 cases of Hepatitis A has been linked to Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend, a frozen organic berry mix sold by an Oregon company.

Several of those who fell ill reported buying the berry mix at Costco, according to CDC. A Costco spokesman said Friday that the company has removed the product from stores and is attempting to contact members who purchased the product in recent months.

The FDA said it is inspecting the processing facilities of Townsend Farms of Fairview, Ore., which sold the mix. The CDC said the strain of hepatitis is rarely seen in North or South America but is found in the North Africa and Middle East regions.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that can last from a few weeks to a several months. People often contract it when an infected food handler prepares food without appropriate hand hygiene. Food already contaminated with the virus can also cause outbreaks.

Read more at The Huffington Post.

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