Multiple state and federal health agencies are investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A illnesses that are linked to fresh non-organic blackberries from the grocery store, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market.

The CDC outbreak investigation has reported 11 case-patients, including 6 people who were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Health officials are asking consumers to check their freezer for these blackberries. If they were frozen to eat later, do not eat them.

The outbreak only involves fresh blackberries that were purchased between September 9 and September 20, 2019.

They were distributed to Fresh Thyme Market Stores in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Hepatitis A is a contagious virus that spreads in feces and blood and causes a liver infection.

The symptoms may not appear for 2 to 7 weeks after a person eats contaminated food or water. The symptoms may include yellow skin or eyes, loss of appetite, upset stomach, vomiting, fever, dark urine or light-colored stools, joint pain, and more.

Source: Outbreak Investigation of Hepatitis A Potentially Linked to Fresh Conventional Blackberries from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, Fall 2019

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