LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska and federal health officials say the hepatitis epidemic is included in Nebraska, Indiana and Wisconsin has been traced to blackberries sold in fresh thyme stores.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement Wednesday that the epidemic began several weeks ago in Nebraska. According to the department, the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have investigated and confirmed 11 cases. Six of those cases are in Nebraska.
A telephone message left on Wednesday with a fresh thyme based in Illinois 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 30. 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.