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Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A outbreaks aren’t uncommon—unfortunately, many people, including some in the food service industry, aren’t great about washing their hands or following basic food safety. What’s unusual about the current Hepatitis A outbreak is that it’s orders of magnitudes larger than usual, and travelers are spreading it across state lines.

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Hepatitis A. It’s highly contagious, but will generally clear up with good self-care (rest and immune support). It doesn’t seem threatening: there’s a vaccine, and prevention is mostly good food hygiene and clean water. Lots of hand-washing, cleaning with bleach, and if you get it, lots of healthy eating, water, and rest. So why worry […]

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Your local mall, the grocery store, even at your local fair, free food and drink samples abound. While you may recall stories about the risk of spoilage, there’s a more real fear: Hepatitis A. Unlike Hepatitis C, Hepatitis A is less serious, and is spread by fecal matter (i.e. not washing hands). Hepatitis A symptoms […]

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Hep A is among the diseases spread by people not washing their hands—and it’s managed to contaminate a frozen bag of mixed berries, manufactured in Idaho and sold in Costco stores as “Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend”. Normally, frozen fruit is a great way to get nutrients. Fruit’s flash frozen at peak ripeness—but I guess […]

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