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Hepatitis A outbreak spreads to Washington State

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Hepatitis A outbreak spreads to Washington State

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

OLYMPIA, Wash. – An outbreak of Hepatitis A linked to frozen berries sold at Costco may have spread to Washington State.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website now lists 79 probable cases in the outbreak over eight states including Washington.

Donn Moyer with the Washington State Department of Health says about half of those people reported getting sick after eating Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berry and pomegranate mix sold at Costco stores.

Play Donn Moyer on outbreak

He says if you’ve eaten this product and you’re not vaccinated against Hepatitis A, you should probably get checked out by a doctor.

Hepatitis A is a serious illness that can lead to liver infection.

The probable case in Washington State is a man from Thurston County who was sick in March and has recovered.

Moyer says they haven’t yet confirmed how the man was exposed to the disease.