Nevada Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak

The Nevada State Health Division and local health authorities, in collaboration with several other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration, are investigating a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A associated with frozen Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend of berries sold at Costco. As of May 31, 2013, 30 people ill with acute hepatitis A that may be linked with consumption of a contaminated product have been reported by five states: Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, and California. Cases have been identified in Washoe and Clark Counties. These numbers are expected to change as the investigation continues. Costco is notifying its members who purchased this product since late February 2013, and has removed this product from its shelves.

It is recommended that consumers discard the product. Persons who have consumed this product in the last 14 days should consider contacting a health care provider to determine if vaccination against hepatitis A is indicated and available. People who have had physician-diagnosed hepatitis A or have received two doses of hepatitis A vaccine in the past do not need to receive more vaccine. Those who do not have a primary care physician should call their local health department (see below).

The Nevada State Immunization Program is encouraging providers to privately purchase hepatitis A vaccine for exposed patients. Learn more from the CDC or read the following Frequently Asked Questions.  

Nevada Health Departments

Carson City Health & Human Services
900 East Long St.
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 887-2190

Southern Nevada Health District
330 South Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89107
(702) 759-1300

Washoe County Health District
1001 East 9th St., Building B
Reno, NV 89520
(775) 328-2447

For rural Nevadans:
Nevada State Health Division
Carson City, NV 89706
(775) 400-0333