Indiana health officials investigating hepatitis A cases

INDIANAPOLIS  — Indiana public health officials want health care providers to ask patients with hepatitis A symptoms if they’ve recently eaten recalled strawberries.

The Indiana State Department of Health says it’s part of an investigation into a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A that has been linked to frozen strawberries imported from Egypt. So far health officials in Marion, Hamilton and Hendricks counties have confirmed the strawberries were distributed at eight restaurants in the last two weeks. The health department is trying to determine if the potentially contaminated strawberries were served elsewhere in Indiana.

Health officials say anyone in those three counties who consumed a food with strawberries at a restaurant since Nov. 1 should contact local health departments for more information. Treatment is available to help prevent infection.

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