Public well being officers stated they had been investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A in america and Canada that’s probably linked to natural strawberries.

American well being officers stated the outbreak most certainly got here from contemporary natural strawberries branded as FreshKampo and H-E-B that had been purchased between March 5 and April 25.

The strawberries had been bought at shops together with Aldi, H-E-B, Kroger, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Dealer Joe’s, Walmart and Weis Markets, the Meals and Drug Administration stated.

The strawberries are actually previous their shelf life, and individuals who purchased them between March 5 and April 25 ought to throw them out, even when they froze them to eat later, well being officers stated.

In america, the F.D.A. said it had recognized 17 instances of hepatitis A linked to the strawberries — 15 in California and one every in Minnesota and North Dakota. Twelve individuals have been hospitalized, the company stated.

In Canada, well being officers stated they’d confirmed 10 cases — 4 in Alberta and 6 in Saskatchewan. 4 individuals have been hospitalized in that nation.

No deaths linked to the strawberries have been reported in america or Canada, based on officers in each international locations.

Hepatitis A is a contagious virus that may cause liver disease. It may be transmitted when meals is consumed after it was dealt with by somebody who didn’t comply with correct hand-washing hygiene, the F.D.A. said.

Signs often develop 15 to twenty days after consuming the contaminated meals and might embody fatigue, nausea, vomiting, belly ache, jaundice, darkish urine and pale stool, the F.D.A. stated.

Individuals who imagine they might be contaminated or might have eaten the contaminated strawberries within the final two weeks ought to speak to their well being care supplier, the F.D.A. stated.

In a statement, H-E-B, which relies in Texas, stated that it had not obtained or bought natural strawberries from the provider underneath investigation since April 16.

“All strawberries bought at H-E-B are protected,” the corporate stated. “No sicknesses from strawberries associated to the F.D.A. investigation have been reported at H-E-B or in Texas.”

FreshKampo stated it was not transport contemporary natural strawberries linked to the outbreak. People who had been bought between March 5 and April 25 got here in a plastic clamshell bundle with a label that learn, “Distributed by Meridian Fruits,” the corporate said in a statement.

“FreshKampo needs customers to know that it’s going to proceed to work with well being officers and provide chain companions to find out the place an issue might have occurred alongside the availability chain and take mandatory measures to forestall it from taking place once more,” the assertion stated.