Earlier this year, an outbreak of hepatitis A was identified in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and several other states. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the outbreak was likely related to berries sold at Costco. These berries were part of the Organic Antioxidant Blend from Townsend Farms.
Because the berries were frozen, there is a chance that you might still have some berries in your freezer, if you bought them at Costco between February 2013 and June 2013. The CDC and other authorities investigated the matter, and the product has been recalled. However, this doesn’t mean that you haven’t been exposed to hepatitis A as a result of this situation. In fact, you might be infected with hepatitis A right now.
If there is a chance that you have hepatitis A as a result of eating these berries, you might be eligible for compensation. It makes sense to see your doctor, and to contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to find out about your options.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A
One of the difficulties in identifying hepatitis A, and trying to find the cause, is due to the fact that symptoms don’t manifest until you have been infected for a few weeks. However, when you the signs of hepatitis A do appear, they are rather unpleasant. You can have an infection and never feel the signs — but you might pass it on.
The Mayo Clinic’s website provides a good resource about hepatitis A, which you can read here. Here is a summary of the symptoms:
Jaundice (yellowing eyes and skin)
Loss of appetite
- In rare cases, hepatitis A victims can suffer from sudden liver failure, and may require a liver transplant
Hepatitis A affects the liver. It’s important to note that hepatitis A symptoms can last anywhere between a couple of weeks and six months. This means that even if you ate the contaminated berry blend from Costco back in June, you could still be manifesting hepatitis A symptoms from your consumption of them.
Make an appointment with your doctor if you are concerned. A blood test can be performed to determine whether or not you are infected. A vaccination for those around you can prevent its spread if they haven’t been exposed for a long term. Otherwise, the treatment for hepatitis A is mostly about slowing down, eating healthy, drinking lots of water, and helping your liver recover. While being treated for this sickness, you need to avoid alcohol and illegal drugs, and you need to be careful of what medications and supplements you are taking.
Following a treatment plan created by your doctor is important to get rid of hepatitis A. Prevent spreading the disease to others by washing your hands regularly, and by not having intercourse with anyone while you are infected. If you think you might have hepatitis A, get tested by a health care professional.
If you think that you have been infected due to the carelessness of others, particularly if you have received the infection from tainted food, possibly from the berries at Costco or at a restaurant, you can also contact your attorney. You might deserve some compensation, since hepatitis A can require medical treatment and disturb your life, interrupting your ability to work. If you have questions about compensation for hepatitis A, call Morris//Anderson Law at 333-1111.