The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A that has sickened at least 119 people linked to smoothies sold by Tropical Smoothies Café restaurants.
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What’s the Problem?
September 20, 2016 - According to the CDC, the investigation began early last month when the Virginia Department of Health identified an outbreak of hepatitis A potentially associated with smoothies from Tropical Smoothie Café restaurants in that state. To date, at least 119 people with the disease have been reported in 8 states:
- Virginia (94)
- Maryland (12)
- West Virginia (6)
- New York (3)
- Arkansas (1)
- North Carolina (1)
- Oregon (1)
- Wisconsin (1)
At least 47 people have been hospitalized as a result of their illness. To date, no deaths have been reported in connection with the outbreak.
Outbreak Linked to Frozen Strawberries from Egypt
Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicate that frozen strawberries imported from Egypt are the likely culprit behind the hep A outbreak. On August 8, Tropical Smoothie Café removed the strawberries from their restaurants and switched to another supplier.
Hepatitis A Symptoms
Not everyone with hepatitis A will experience symptoms. Some people may only develop flu-like symptoms. Other symptoms of hep A infection may include:
- Yellow eyes or skin (jaundice)
- Abdominal pain
- Pale stools
- Dark urine
If you think you’ve gotten sick after drinking a smoothie from a Tropical Smoothie Café prior to August 8, you should contact your doctor immediately. Symptoms of hepatitis A can take up to 50 days to appear.
Are Lawsuits Being Filed?
Several lawsuits have already been filed related to the hepatitis A outbreak linked to Tropical Smoothie Café:
On September 20, a lawsuit (PDF) was filed in Prince William County Circuit Court on behalf of Robert Daly, who allegedly became ill with fever, nausea and body aches after purchasing several smoothies from the Tropical Smoothie Café in Woodbridge, Virginia. Daly sought medical treatment and was advised by his doctor to rest, recuperate and stay hydrated.
However, within a few days his condition deteriorated and he was admitted to the Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, where he tested positive for Hepatitis A. He spent 3 days undergoing treatment before being released, and continues to receive care from his primary physician and a gastroenterology specialist. Daly is suing Tropical Smoothie Café for sale and distribution of smoothies contaminated with hepatitis A.
Another recent complaint was filed on behalf of 7 people, holding Tropical Smoothie Café and 10 other companies and people responsible for the outbreak. All plaintiffs claim they experienced symptoms of hep A shortly after buying smoothies from the chain.
Do I Have a Tropical Smoothie Cafe Lawsuit?
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