RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia health officials say there are now 40 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A that are connected to frozen strawberries used at Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations across the state, up from 28 cases less than a week ago.
The Virginia Department of Health said in a news release Monday that about 55 percent of the infected residents have been hospitalized.
A message from our CEO regarding Virginia area cafes. https://t.co/cLjFqOnwyC— Tropical Smoothie (@TSmoothieCafe) August 22, 2016
There are more than 500 of the smoothie franchises across the country, and Virginia is not the only state affected
All the potentially contaminated Egyptian-sourced berries were pulled from the 96 Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations in Virginia no later than Aug. 8 or Aug. 9.
Officials say more cases could emerge, since some symptoms take as many as 50 days to emerge. The Hepatitis A virus affects the liver.