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Townsend Farms Hepatitis A Outbreak Nears 150

As of July 17, 2013, 149 people have been confirmed to have become ill from hepatitis A after eating ‘Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend’ in 8 states: Arizona (22), California (73), Colorado (27), Hawaii (8), New Mexico (8), Nevada (6), Utah (3), and Wisconsin (2). [Note: The cases reported from Wisconsin resulted from exposure to the product in California.]

83 (56%) ill people are women

Ages range from 1 – 84 years;

85 (57%) of those ill were between 40 – 64 years of age.

10 children age 18 or under were also ill. None were previously vaccinated.

Illness onset dates range from 3/31/2013 – 7/5/2013

65 (44%) ill people (all over 18 years of age) have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported