Several states, CDC, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of foodborne hepatitis A.
85 people with hepatitis A have been reported from seven states: Maryland (6), New York (1), North Carolina (1), Oregon (1), Virginia (70), West Virginia (5), and Wisconsin (1).
32 ill people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicate frozen strawberries imported from Egypt are the likely source of this outbreak.
In interviews, nearly all ill people interviewed reported drinking smoothies containing strawberries at Tropical Smoothie Café locations in a limited geographical area, including Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.