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Costco berries and Hepatitis A outbreak

post #1 of 15
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I haven't posted on here in a while and don't know if this is the right place so please move if it's not!

 

Hepatitis A outbreak linked to berries sold at Costco
http://www.fox21news.com/news/story.aspx?id=904528#.Uak_dpzzsrk

I buy these berries all the time and just ate them this morning! And my mom was here last weekend watching the kids and ate them too! I don't give them to the kids and DBF doesn't eat them either.

Article says "...if you have eaten Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries during the past 14 days, contact your medical provider for an immunization. If you do not have a medical provider, contact your local health department."


What would you do? I consider myself anti-vaccine (stopped vaxing DS1 (9 yrs) after he had a slight reaction to his first DTaP at 8 months, and DS2 (4 yrs) is unvaccinated). Don't think I'd want a vaccine at all, but what about the Hep A immunoglobulin? Or would you just not worry about it at all? Anything you would do as a preventative? Reasons? Should I contact my Dr at all? She's a DO and is pretty natural about things and has never prescribed anything unnecessarily.

post #2 of 15

This site has some useful tips that might help

http://curezone.com/dis/1.asp?C0=175

post #3 of 15

I would start with calling your DO. 

Me personally, I'd get the vax but I'm not anti-vax. 

Since you trust your DO she may have some reasonable suggestions. 

Sorry you have to worry about this. I used to buy those all the time. 

post #4 of 15
I just saw another post regarding this, in which a poster asked:
Would a vac even be useful post-exposure?

Good question. Just thought I'd add that for you. smile.gif
post #5 of 15

I'd ignore it and carry on as normal.

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Mama Amie View Post

I just saw another post regarding this, in which a poster asked:
Would a vac even be useful post-exposure?
 

Yes, everything I've read said that both the vax and immunoglobulin are extremely effective at preventing infection if they are taken within 14 days of exposure. I just ate the berries yesterday, so yes, I still have 13 days to figure it out. I would not get the vax, but unlike the vax, the immunoglobulin is short acting and is ok for infants under 1, pregnant and nursing women, the elderly, and people that are immunocompromised or allergic to the vax. The vax stays in your system forever, but the immunoglobulin is only effective for up to 3 months.

post #7 of 15
My three- year old was just diagnosed with Hep A, probably from some berries eaten at her aunt's house. Honestly, I prefer that immunity come from the illness instead of the vax but of course that is my own opinion. Here's how the illnesss played out with her: Two days of diarrhea, mild stomach cramps, and poor appetite; Five days of vomiting, lethargy, eating almost nothing (this was the worst); Now for the last couple of days she has had more diarrhea, stomach cramps and some lethargy but she is happy and playing. Basically it was like a long flu for her but she is normally exceptionally healthy. We are expecting our other two kids to get it at some point also as we don't plan to vax them, though I (think) I read somewhere that up to 90% of kids are asymptomatic.
post #8 of 15

http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/31/18661680-30-sick-with-hepatitis-a-tied-to-frozen-berry-blend?threadId=3736512&commentId=76647058#c76647058

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Tests of specimens from two cases suggest that the outbreak strain is hepatitis A genotype 1B, a strain rarely seen in the Americas but that circulates in North Africa and the Middle East, the CDC said.

According to the product label, the frozen berry mix includes pomegranate seeds and other fruit from the U.S., Argentina, Chile and Turkey.

buy local produce, and more than likely you wont have a hep A problem....

post #9 of 15

I wouldn't do anything either. carry on as usual and hope for the best, 

post #10 of 15

I unfortunately bought the Townsend Farms berries too.   Just thought I'd add that I am going to get a blood test to see if I have Hepatitis A.  I take basic food handling precautions anyway, but we are going to be traveling and I want to know what I'm up against.  I think it is one thing to choose not to do anything about it, but I just want to make sure I didn't contract the virus.

post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by essnce629 View Post

Yes, everything I've read said that both the vax and immunoglobulin are extremely effective at preventing infection if they are taken within 14 days of exposure. I just ate the berries yesterday, so yes, I still have 13 days to figure it out. I would not get the vax, but unlike the vax, the immunoglobulin is short acting and is ok for infants under 1, pregnant and nursing women, the elderly, and people that are immunocompromised or allergic to the vax. The vax stays in your system forever, but the immunoglobulin is only effective for up to 3 months.

Last I heard, the vax is effective for about a year.

I got this vax before traveling abroad to a Hep A-vulnerable area. I didn't eat the berries, but I think I'd get the vax if I did. Full disclosure: I'm speaking as a conservatively selective vaxxer and not a pot-stirring troll. redface.gif Hep A is usually mild in kids and nasty in adults. To me, this is one of the roles that vaccines are supposed to play.

Another option would be as the PP suggested, ie to test for Hep A first before considering vaccination. I can't chime in with the non-vax perspective, but those are just some thoughts.
post #12 of 15
The vaccine is effective for up to 15 years, according to this article.

Www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X12006731
post #13 of 15
I was told to redo twinrix every 5-10 years depending on titers. I'm not doing either. If I traveled to an endemic country with low hygiene I'd get the havrix. In adults it stinks.
We've lived in no Costco land for years now and just moved back. I'll be careful to only buy stuff locally or from certain European countries to minimize risks, though it can never be zero. I hate fruit anyways haha. But I heard that Costco had so many organic things now....
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post #15 of 15
What I find disturbing is that this is EXACTLY the fear-mongering marketing ploy they used for flu and h1n1: a news story about the deadly disease followed by "the vaccine will save you" followed by a massive vaccine PR push to sell the vaccine.

Unfortunately, it's hard to tell when there really is a severe health safety issue that might make vaccination a good idea vs when they're just trying to sell vaccines, especially when they've done it before with lies.

Hep A vaccine was only added to the schedule in the last 6 years or so.

Washington/Oregon have lower vaccine compliance rates than other states.
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