11/21/19

Health Alert:

A multistate Hepatitis A virus outbreak involves Nebraska, Indiana and Wisconsin and those ill all reported eating fresh blackberries purchased at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market between September 9 and September 30, 2019.

Federal, state and local public health authorities are providing the following information for individuals who purchased and/or consumed fresh blackberries from Fresh Thyme between September 9 – 30, 2019;

  • Individuals who have eaten these blackberries within the last two weeks and have not been vaccinated for hepatitis A should contact their physician for post-exposure prophylaxis.
  • Symptoms of Hepatitis A virus can include fever, fatigue, joint pain, jaundice and dark urine. Individuals who have consumed these blackberries should watch for symptoms and people experiencing symptoms should see their physician for recommendations.
  • Individuals who purchased these blackberries and froze them for later use should not eat the berries. Freezing does not kill Hepatitis A virus.
    • The Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services is interested in testing these blackberries.  Call your local health department for more information. The Sarpy/Cass Health Department can be reached at 402-339-4334.

Additional information related to the outbreak can be found here:

https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2019/11/hepatitis-a-outbreak-hits-3-states-implicated-blackberries-sent-to-8-others/

https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/index.htm

https://www.sarpycasshealthdepartment.org/sites/default/files/doc/fs-hav.pdf