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Recent News: "Real Water" Brand Alkaline Water Recall

The FDA, along with the CDC and the Southern Nevada Health District, is investigating a number of reports of acute non-viral hepatitis in the state of Nevada associated with “Real Water” brand alkaline water.

Consumption of “Real Water” brand alkaline water is the only common link identified among all of these cases to date. This brand of alkaline water is owned by Real Water Inc., headquartered in Mesa, Arizona.

What is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver which can be self-limiting or eventually progress to fibrosis (scarring), cirrhosis, or liver cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) [1] . Hepatitis viruses are the most common cause of the condition, but other infections, toxic substances such as alcohol, drugs, and contaminated or adulterated food/beverages can also be the culprit.

The 5 Types of Viral Hepatitis

  • Hepatitis A - Highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. Most people who develop the condition get it from contaminated food or water, or from close contact with a person or object that's infected. Mild cases of hepatitis A don't require treatment and recover completely with no permanent liver damage.
  • Hepatitis B - Liver infection caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). Hepatitis B is transmitted when blood, semen, or another body fluid from a person infected with the Hepatitis B virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. This can occur through sexual contact, sharing needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment; or from mother to baby at birth. For some people, hepatitis B is an acute, or short-term, illness but for others, it can become a long-term, chronic infection.
  • Hepatitis C - Viral infection that causes liver inflammation, sometimes leading to serious liver damage. The hep C virus (HCV) spreads through contaminated blood. Until recently, hepatitis C treatment required weekly injections and oral medications that many HCV-infected people couldn't take because of other health problems or unacceptable side effects. Today, chronic HCV is usually curable with oral medications taken every day for 2 to 6 months.
  • Hepatitis D (aka "delta hepatitis") - Liver infection caused by the hepatitis D virus (HDV). Hepatitis D is uncommon in the U.S., and only occurs in people who are infected with the hepatitis B virus, due to the fact that HDV is an incomplete virus that requires the helper function of HBV to replicate.
  • Hepatitis E - Liver infection caused by the Hepatitis E virus (HEV). Hepatitis E is a self-limited disease that does not result in chronic infection. While rare in the U.S., Hepatitis E is common in many parts of the world, particularly in developing nations.

Hepatitis Food Recalls

Real Water Brand Alkaline Water Recall

The FDA, along with the CDC and the Southern Nevada Health District, is investigating a number of reports of acute non-viral hepatitis in the state of Nevada associated with “Real Water” brand alkaline water.

Consumption of “Real Water” brand alkaline water is the only common link identified among all of these cases to date. This brand of alkaline water is owned by Real Water Inc., headquartered in Mesa, Arizona.

Frozen Raspberries Sold at Aldi, Raley's Supermarkets Recalled for Hepatitis Contamination

Wawona Frozen Foods of Clovis, CA., is recalling a variety of frozen raspberry products sold at Aldi and Raley's Supermarkets over potential contamination with the hepatitis A virus. Affected products include:

Acute Hepatitis A Outbreak Declared in Nevada

Health authorities in Clark County, Nevada, have declared an outbreak of acute hepatitis A following a drastic increase in the number of cases this year, according to KSNV News 3 Las Vegas [2]. The Southern Nevada Health District said in a statement there have been at least 37 reported cases of acute hepatitis A so far in 2019, compared to 17 cases during the same time span in 2018 and no cases in 2017.

Costco Recalls Frozen Berries Over Hepatitis Fears

Costco announced on Wednesday that it is recalling frozen blackberries over fears they may be contaminated with hepatitis A, according to People [3]. Affected products include 4-pound bags of Kirkland Signature brand Three Berry Blend which have best-by dates between February 16, 2020, and May 4, 2020. The recall [4] marks the second time in less than a week that a major grocery chain has recalled frozen berries over Hepatitis concerns.

Kroger Frozen Berries Recall

The supermarket chain Kroger Co. is recalling 3 varieties of frozen berries after routine testing by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) detected the presence of hepatitis A in some samples, according to ABC News. Affected products include Kroger's Private Selection brand of frozen blackberries and 2 sizes of frozen berry medleys. In addition to Kroger stores, the berries were distributed to all of the company-owned outlets, including Ralphs, Fred Dillons, Smith's, and Fred Meyer, among others.

Frozen Ahi Tuna Recall

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) issued a recall for imported frozen raw tuna or ahi cubes distributed by Tropic Fish Hawaii, LLC on Oahu after test samples came back positive for hepatitis A.

DOH said Tropic Fish Hawaii discovered 200 contaminated 15-pound cases of frozen ahi cubes, 140 of which were recovered and never got distributed. Affected products were served or sold at:

  • Times Supermarket and Shima’s (Aiea, Kailua, Kaneohe, Kunia, Liliha, Mililani, Waipahu, Waimanalo)
  • GP Hawaiian Food Catering
  • Crab Shack Kapolei (also known as Maile Sunset Bar & Grill in Kapolei)
  • Aloha Sushi
  • ABC Store
Energy Drinks Linked to Hepatitis

A man who binged on energy drinks for 3 weeks developed acute hepatitis due to excess vitamin B3 consumption, according to a study published in BMJ Case Reports [5]. The patient, a previously healthy 50-year-old man, reported experiencing malaise and anorexia, which progressed to nausea and vomiting after drinking 4 to 5 energy drinks per day. The man’s symptoms initially led him to think he had the flu, but dark urine and yellowed skin indicated that it was something more serious, which ultimately was determined to be acute hepatitis.

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Health Officials Report Nearly 50 Cases of Hepatitis A in Spokane, Washington

The Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) says there have been at least 47 cases of Hepatitis A in Spokane County, a significant increase from the 3 cases reported in June, according to KHQ-TV [6]. SRHD says most of the hepatitis cases occurred in homeless people and/or intravenous drug users, and 72% of patients have required hospitalization to treat their symptoms. The agency's disease prevention and response team have coordinated several vaccination clinics since the hepatitis outbreak began in June, administering more than 1,300 vaccines within the homeless and incarcerated communities across the U.S. Efforts have also been made to educate people on the risks of contracting Hep A, ways to prevent exposure, and symptoms to watch for.

“The collaboration with our community partners such as the House of Charity, Rite Aid, Salvation Army, UGM, and area correctional facilities has been phenomenal,” said SRHD health officer Dr. Bob Lutz. “Our community organizations that serve these vulnerable populations have been more than willing to open their doors and lend a hand.”

Nearly 2,700 Cases of Hepatitis A Diagnosed in Florida

The state of Florida reported 65 new cases of hepatitis A cases last week, bringing the total number of illnesses this year to at least 2,675, according to FOX 35 [7]. Marion County had the highest number of new cases last week, with 8, while Lake, Manatee, and Volusia Counties each reported 6 new cases. Another 3 counties -- Citrus, Pinellas, and Sarasota -- each had 5 new cases. Florida counties with the most cases of hepatitis A this year include:

  • Pasco (394)
  • Pinellas (368)
  • Volusia (242)

CDC Recommends Hepatitis A Vaccination Until 18, for HIV Patients

In response to an unprecedented outbreak of hepatitis A across the U.S., the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) [8] is recommending that all children be vaccinated against the virus until the reach 18, and for HIV patients, according to CNN [9]. Previously, the vaccine was only recommended for children aged 12 to 23 months. The committee also voted unanimously to recommend that people ages 1 or older with with HIV be vaccinated.

"The goal here is to catch them up on their vaccination at a time when we know they are more likely to seek medical care," said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, acting director of the CDC's Center for Preparedness and Response.

Which Drugs are Used to Treat Hepatitis?

  • Ribavarin
  • Direct-acting antivirals (DAAs)
  • Paritaprevir (genotype 1)
  • Simeprevir (genotypes 1 & 4)
  • Grazoprevir (genotypes 1 and 4)
  • Ledipasvir (a component of Harvoni)
  • Ombitasvir (a component of Viekira Pak)
  • Elbasvir (a component of Zepatier)
  • Daclatasvir (Daklinza)

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Symptoms of Hepatitis

Hepatitis A Symptoms
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Jaundice (the yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes)
  • Low-grade fever (fever up to 102°F)
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain (especially on the right side)
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle pain
  • Itching
Hepatitis B Symptoms
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark urine
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Jaundice
  • Weakness and fatigue
Hepatitis C Symptoms
  • Feeling very tired
  • Sore muscles
  • Joint pain
  • Fever
  • Nausea or poor appetite
  • Stomach pain
  • Itchy skin
  • Dark urine

Treatment For Hepatitis

Treatment for the various types of hepatitis is based on which type of hepatitis is present in the bloodstream and the severity of the resulting liver damage. Depending on the results of diagnostic tests, your doctor may recommend antiviral medication to stop the virus from replicating and protect your liver from further damage.

Most people with hepatitis A do not require treatment. This type of hepatitis usually clears up on its own after a few weeks or months. Your doctor may recommend getting lots of rest and drinking plenty of water. You should avoid alcoholic beverages because drinking alcohol can delay recovery.

Acute hepatitis B, a short-term illness that usually lasts a few months, also rarely requires treatment and may not cause symptoms. Your doctors will recommend lots of rest, adequate fluids, and a nutritious diet to help your body fight the virus.

Rarely, a person with hepatitis A or acute hepatitis B may experience severe symptoms and require medical attention. If you begin to vomit frequently or have persistent diarrhea, your doctor may recommend a brief hospitalization so that intravenous (IV) fluids can keep you hydrated.


  • ”What is Viral Hepatitis?" [10]. World Health Organization (WHO).
  • ”Hepatitis Health Center” [11]. WebMD.
  • ”Hepatitis B” [12]. Mayo Clinic.
  • ”Diagnosing Hepatitis C” [13]. American Liver Foundation.

Can I File a Class Action?

Although Schmidt & Clark, LLP, is a nationally recognized class action firm, we have decided against this type of litigation when it comes to hepatitis lawsuits. Our lawyers feel that if there is a successful resolution to these cases, individual suits, not class actions will be the best way to get maximum payouts to our clients. If you’ve been diagnosed with hepatitis, we know you’ve suffered emotionally and economically, and want to work with you personally to obtain the maximum compensation for the damages caused by your injuries. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights.

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Do I Have a Hepatitis Lawsuit?

The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in hepatitis lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

Again, if you or a loved one was diagnosed with hepatitis after eating contaminated foods or drinking contaminated water, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

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