55 cases of hepatitis A now linked to Virginia Tropical Smoothie Cafes

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RICHMOND, Va. – According to the Virginia Department of Health there are now 55 confirmed cases of hepatitis A that are connected to frozen strawberries from Egypt used at Tropical Smoothie Cafes across Virginia.

A previous report given Monday by the health department listed the confirmed number of cases at 40.

Of the 55 confirmed cases, 12 are in the Eastern region of Virginia that includes Hampton Roads, 28 are in the Northern region, nine are in the Northwest and six are in the Central region

The Department of Health said that people who consumed smoothies with frozen strawberries from Tropical Smoothie Cafe on August 5, 6, 7 or 8 may benefit from a vaccine or immune globulin to prevent hepatitis A.

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 was filed on Friday.

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