Jun 1, 2013 6:14 PM by Associated Press

5 NV cases of hepatitis A ID'd in outbreak

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Five cases of hepatitis A have been identified in Nevada as part of a regional outbreak linked to a frozen organic berry mix from a farm in Oregon.

Federal and state health officials say two cases in Reno and three cases in Las Vegas are among a total of 30 cases being investigated in Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.

The FDA and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the illnesses are linked to Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend, which contains pomegranate seed mix.

A Costco spokesman says the company has removed the product from stores and is contacting its members.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that can last from a few weeks to a several months. It is spread when a person ingests, even in tiny amounts, contaminated fecal matter.


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