Hepatitis A outbreak tied to berries spreads to 1 more state

Hepatitis A outbreak tied to berries spreads to 1 more state

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Lawsuit filed over hepatitis A outbreak linked to berries

A Fresh Thyme store is seen in Omaha Nov. 20. 

OMAHA — A hepatitis A outbreak tied to blackberries sold in Fresh Thyme grocery stores now includes confirmed cases in six states, including seven in Nebraska.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 16 cases of hepatitis A in Nebraska, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Fresh Thyme has said it's cooperating with the investigation and working with suppliers to identify the source of the contamination.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has urged consumers in Nebraska, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania to discard any fresh blackberries bought from Fresh Thyme between Sept. 9 and Sept. 30.

Last week, an Omaha woman who contracted hepatitis A sued the company after eating blackberries she bought at a Fresh Thyme.

Hepatitis A is a virus that infects the liver and can cause mild, flu-like symptoms for several weeks.

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