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August 25, 2016

Hepatitis A – What you need to know

The Virginia Department of Health announced that the Hepatitis A virus has been isolated in strawberries shipped from Egypt and these strawberries have been implicated in multiple cases of hepatitis A infections in the state of Virginia.  As of now, the only confirmed cases have been linked to strawberries consumed on August 5, 6, 7 or 8, 2016 at Tropical Smoothie Cafés.

Hepatitis A is a virus that affects the liver and although usually a mild illness, it has the potential to cause severe illness and can be transmitted from person to person through poor hand hygiene. 

Signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A include yellowing of the skin or eyes, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine and light-colored stools.  Symptoms develop 15-50 days after exposure to the virus. 

If you have been vaccinated against Hepatitis A, you’ve had the illness before or if you consumed a smoothie from Tropical Smoothie Café containing strawberries after August 8, you are not thought to be at risk for this illness.

Proper hand hygiene including washing your hands after using the bathroom and before eating is the best way to prevent getting or spreading the illness.  If you develop any of the above symptoms or have any further concerns, please make an appointment at Radford Student Health and/or visit the below links: