Hepatitis A cases linked to blackberries

An outbreak of hepatitis A is linked to fresh blackberries sold at Woodman’s Markets in Wisconsin and Illinois.

According to the La Crosse County Health Department, 18 cases across 6 states have been linked to contaminated blackberries.

Five cases were in Wisconsin, but none have been reported in La Crosse County.

There have been 10 hospitalizations nationwide during this outbreak.

The La Crosse County Health Department says shoppers should discard blackberries purchased from Woodman’s between September 9th through 30th.

If you’ve eaten blackberries from Woodman’s locations and are not vaccinated against hepatitis A, contact your local health department or healthcare provider as soon as possible.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis virus, according to the La Crosse County Health Department.

The infection spreads by ingesting the virus through contaminated food, drink, or through close contact with someone who has it.

It’s important to know that not everyone with hepatitis A has symptoms, adults tend to show signs more often than children.

Symptoms usually appear 2 to 7 weeks after exposure, and include yellow skin or eyes, poor appetite, upset stomach, vomiting, fever, dark urine or light colored stools, joint pain, diarrhea, and fatigue.

People with hepatitis A symptoms may feel sick for a few weeks or several months, but usually recover completely with no lasting signs of liver damage.

For more information, contact La Crosse County Health Department at 608-785-9723, or click here.

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