CDC: Strawberries linked to hepatitis a outbreak

Tropical smoothie café has since switched to a different supplier

(CNN) – Dozens of people have gotten hepatitis-a because of an outbreak linked to frozen strawberries.

The CDC said Thursday that 89-people have been sickened in Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Nearly all of the patients interviewed reported drinking smoothies containing strawberries from tropical smoothie café. The strawberries were imported from Egypt.

Tropical smoothie café has since switched to a different supplier. The CDC still expects additional cases because hepatitis-a is a highly contagious illness and can take as long as 50 days to begin after exposure.

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