87 Now Sick With Hepatitis A Linked To Frozen Berry Mix

Source: JoNel Aleccia / NBC News

At least 87 people are now sick in eight states and 36 have been hospitalized with acute hepatitis A infections tied to a contaminated frozen berry and fruit mix sold at Costco and Harris Teeter stores.

About 70 percent of victims interviewed so far have reported eating Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berry and pomegranate mix made by a Fairview, Ore., firm, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Illnesses have been reported from March 16 to June 1. More cases could be reported as word of the outbreak spreads. Victims range in age from 2 to 84. States include Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Washington.

Dozens of others who consumed the product have sought out immune globulin or hepatitis A vaccine to prevent illness. The outbreak of a strain of hepatitis A rarely seen in the Americas has sparked lawsuits on behalf of ill patients and a class action suit on behalf of those who sought preventive shots.
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