The Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Hepatitis A outbreak linked to blackberries has expanded to include 16 cases in six states. Nine people were so sick they needed to be hospitalized.
The blackberries associated with this outbreak were sold at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market from September 9 to September 30, 2019. Investigators from the federal agencies investigating this outbreak are concerned that some consumers may have frozen the berries which does not eliminate the risk of exposure.
Of the six states reporting cases- Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, Nebraska has been hardest hit with seven cases. During interviews with health officials, case-patients reported the onset of symptoms on dates ranging from October 8, 2019, to November 15, 2019.
Outbreak investigators interviewed 15 of the patients sickened in this outbreak. All of them reported eating blackberries purchased from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores before they developed symptoms of Hepatitis A which include yellowing of the skin or eyes, lack of appetite, nausea, abdominal cramps, fever, fatigue, dark urine and clay-colored stools. These symptoms can last for weeks or months.
Hepatitis A, a highly contagious virus that causes infection of the liver, is transmitted when’s someone ingests for contaminated with the fecal matter of an infected person.
If you developed Hepatitis A after eating blackberries purchased from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market stores and would like a free consultation with Hepatitis A lawyers at Pritzker Hageman, contact our team by calling 1-888-377-8900 sending a text to 1-612-261-0856 or completing the form below.