CHA News Article

Multistate Outbreak of Hepatitis A Linked to Frozen Berry Blend Product
Public health alert issued by CAHAN

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is investigating a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A. The outbreak, which has been linked to consumption of Townsend Farms’ organic antioxidant blend of frozen berries sold by Costco, has reportedly infected 34 people in five western states with acute hepatitis A; almost half have been hospitalized. Costco is notifying its members who have purchased the product since late February. Individuals who have consumed the product and aren’t already immune due to prior illness or vaccination may benefit from post-exposure prophylaxis if it can be provided within two weeks of exposure. CDPH has published the attached hepatitis A post-exposure prophylaxis guidance for health providers. Also attached are front and back images of the packaging labels.