5 people vaccinated for Hep A linked to recalled strawberries

WEST MICHIGAN - Ottawa County health officials say a handful of people have received a hepatitis A vaccination since the announcement of recalled strawberries.

Five people exposed to recalled frozen strawberries have received hepatitis A vaccines, a news release states.

Officials say if any of the recalled strawberry products from these businesses have been ingested, people should look into getting a vaccine. It is encouraged up to 14 days after ingestion to help prevent contracting hepatitis A. 

The OCDPH states that if it has been more than 14 days and symptoms are still being experienced, it is strongly recommended to contact a health care provider immediately. 

At this time, there are no reported cases of hepatitis A related to this outbreak in Ottawa County.

A Kent County Health Department new release confirmed that two facilities in Kent County have served contaminated strawberries in the last two weeks:

  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill, 5525 28th Street, Grand Rapids, MI
  • HCR ManorCare Grand Rapids, 2320 E Beltline SE, Grand Rapids

The Ottawa County Health Department also confirmed in a news release that the following established received and served contaminated strawberries in the last two weeks:

  • 8th Street Grille, 20 W 8th St, Holland (strawberry shakes)
  • Holiday Inn Grand Haven, 940 W Savidge St, Spring Lake (strawberry vinaigrette)
  • Jackie’s Place, 451 W 17th St, Holland, (strawberry sauce on pancakes)

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from a hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection. According to the FDA, illness occurs within 15 to 50 days of exposure and symptoms include yellowing skin and eyes, fatigue, abdominal pain, dark urine and pale stools.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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