Tropical Smoothie related Hepatitis A outbreak reaches 28 cases

Tropical Smoothie related Hepatitis A outbreak reaches 28 cases

Number of Hepatitis A cases associated with Tropical Smoothie restaurant is increasing, state health officials do not seem to reveal much even after the number has reached to 28 cases on Thursday. The original source of the infection is strawberries imported from Egypt that were used by the café. The restaurant was told about the outbreak on August 5, but any information to public was not revealed until 19 August.

It is felt that if Virginia’s health officials have reported the incident to public on time then post-exposure vaccination could have been considered as a preventive step. Virginia’s Department of Health warned about Hepatitis A outbreak among people who had been to restaurant, on 19 August. But then also no additional information was revealed.

The post-exposure vaccine or immune globulin (IG) injections should be given to the patient within two weeks from exposure, they are effective against disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia department.

“Individuals who consumed a smoothie from a Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Virginia that contained frozen strawberries, on August 5, 6, 7 or 8 may still benefit from vaccine or immune globulin to prevent hepatitis A,” said a part of state’s August 19 warning.

A Hepatitis A patient affected by ongoing outbreak had been hospitalized for four days as he showed sever symptoms. ConstantinosRaptis has filed a civil lawsuit against Tropical Smoothie Café. The lawsuit was filed in Loudoun County Circuit Court and demands an amount of $100,000 to pay damages.

Raptis has requested for a jury trial that would involve Seattle food safety attorney Bill Marler, founding partner of Marler Clark LLP, and Salvatore Zambri of the Washington D.C. firm Regan Zambri Long PLLC.