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Hepatitis A Outbreak Includes 12 Colorado Cases

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Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend
(credit: cdph.ca.gov)

Townsend Farms Organic Anti-Oxidant Blend
(credit: cdph.ca.gov)

DENVER (AP) – Colorado health officials say the state is home to 12 of the 49 hepatitis A illnesses that have been reported in seven states since late April.

The Colorado health department said Tuesday the Colorado cases were reported in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso and Jefferson counties.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hepatitis A illnesses also have been reported in New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, California, Hawaii and Utah.

The illnesses have been linked to a frozen berry mix sold by Townsend Farms of Fairview, Ore. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that Townsend Farms is recalling its frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend, packaged under the Townsend Farms label at Costco and under the Harris Teeter brand at those stores.

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