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  • A
    multi-state foodborne hepatitis A investigation is underway.
  • A large
    amount of imported frozen strawberries and frozen strawberry products believed
    to be linked to an outbreak have been distributed to a broad range of
    facilities including workplace cafeterias, churches, schools, universities,
    child cares, camps, military institutions, restaurants large and small,
    casinos, nursing homes, ski resorts, etc.
  • According to state and Mesa County Health
    Department officials, the strawberries were not distributed to any Mesa County
    facilities. Staff is still sifting through distribution records at this time.
  • The
    strawberries were not distributed to
    grocery stores
    , so residents do not need to throw away any strawberries
    they have purchased in response to the recall.
  • Hepatitis A
    is usually spread through:
    • Contaminated
      food or water.
    • Person to
      person contact, by the fecal-oral route.
      • When an infected
        person does not wash his or her hands properly after going to the bathroom and
        touches other objects or food.
      • When a
        parent or caregiver does not properly wash his or her hands after changing
        diapers or cleaning up the stool of an infected person.
  • When someone
    engages in certain sexual activities, such as oral-anal contact with an
    infected person.
  • The best way
    to protect against Hepatitis A is to get vaccinated.
  • Contact your
    health care provider or the Mesa County Health Department at 248-6900 if you
    need information on vaccination.
  • If you start to show symptoms of
    Hepatitis A, contact your health care provider immediately to discuss treatment
    options.