LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska and federal health officials say a hepatitis An outbreak that includes Nebraska, Indiana and Wisconsin has been traced to blackberries sold at grocery stores in Fresh Thyme.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release Wednesday that the outbreak began several weeks ago in Nebraska. The Department says it, U.S. The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating and have confirmed 11 cases. Six of these cases are found in Nebraska.
A phone message provided Wednesday with Illinois-based Fresh Thyme was not immediately returned.
The FDA urges consumers in Nebraska, Indiana, Wisconsin and eight other states not to eat fresh blackberries purchased from Fresh Thyme between September 9 and September 30. The other states are Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Hepatitis A is a virus that infects the liver and can cause mild, flu-like symptoms for several weeks.