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A&W Frozen Strawberries 1997

A large outbreak of hepatitis A was associated with the consumption of strawberries served at school. The strawberries had been imported from Mexico and processed/packaged in California by A&W. They were frozen and sold for commercial use in schools and for other customers.

  • Outbreak began:
  • January 1997
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Maine
  • Organism(s):
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Fruit, Strawberries, Frozen
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Schools
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 278
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 278
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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