Last week Erin Ivie of the Mercury News reported that the frozen berries from Costco recently linked to hepatitis A cases continued to cause problems this week, when Target stores in Hayward and San Leandro alerted some customers that prescriptions were filled by a technician who may have contracted the disease after eating the berries.  The pharmacy employee, who wasn’t identified, was hospitalized with the only reported case of hepatitis A in Alameda County linked to the Townsend Farms berries, and has since been treated and released, said Sherri Willis, spokeswoman for the Alameda County Public Health Department.  Hepatitis A vaccines were recommended and offered by local health departments and Target.

For those who consume it, like the Target pharmacist, there is the possibility of spreading the virus to both close friends and family or customers that they might come in contact with, and if those people become ill the virus can spread farther still.

Hepatitis A:  Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Hepatitis A outbreaks. The Hepatitis A lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Hepatitis A and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Hepatitis A lawyers have litigated Hepatitis A cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of sources, such as green onions, lettuce and restaurant food.  The law firm has brought Hepatitis A lawsuits against such companies as Subway, McDonald’s, Chipotle, Quiznos, Chi-Chi’s and Carl’s Jr.

If you or a family member became ill with a Hepatitis A infection after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Hepatitis A attorneys for a free case evaluation.