Virginia hepatitis A cases linked to Tropical Smoothie increases to 94

NORFOLK, Va. – According to the Virginia Department of Health there are now 94 confirmed cases of hepatitis A that are connected to frozen strawberries from Egypt used at Tropical Smoothie Cafes across Virginia.

The VDH says onsets of the illness for the 94 cases range from early May through September. Previously, Department of Health said that only people who consumed smoothies with frozen strawberries from Tropical Smoothie Cafe on August 5, 6, 7 or 8 may be at risk.

Of the 94 confirmed cases, 15 are in the Eastern region of Virginia that includes Hampton Roads, 55 are in the Northern region, 13 are in the Northwest and 11 are in the Central region.

The 94 ill residents range in age from 14-70. Approximately 38% of the residents have been hospitalized for their illness.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe voluntarily withdrew all of the strawberries  sourced from Egypt and found an alternate supply.

A class action class action lawsuit representing all of the victims of the outbreak has been filed.

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