El Paso County, Colorado health officials have identified three restaurants in El Paso County that recently used frozen strawberries associated with hepatitis A infection. Public Health recommends hepatitis A vaccine for individuals who may have consumed the product at these locations:
- Rancho Alegre, 1899 S. Nevada Ave.; the product was served in strawberry margaritas.
- Guadalajara, 7336 McLaughlin Rd, Falcon, CO 80831; served in frozen margaritas, fried ice cream topping, and strawberry lemonade.
- Mi Mexico, 3956 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs; served in margaritas.
There currently are no known Colorado cases associated with this outbreak. As a precaution, health officials say if you have consumed these potentially affected strawberry products at the above restaurants, contact your health care provider to discuss vaccination for hepatitis A or immune globulin. Immune globulin is for certain high risk populations. Some pharmacies also may offer hepatitis A vaccine. Visit vaccinefinder.org for locations near you or call COHelp at 1-877-462-2911 or 303-389-1687.
If you have been vaccinated for hepatitis A, or have had hepatitis A disease, you do not need to be vaccinated again, even if you ate the potentially affected strawberries because your body has built up immunity.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and public health agencies are investigating a multistate outbreak of foodborne hepatitis A. Evidence indicates frozen strawberries imported from Egypt are the likely source of this outbreak. The products were NOT offered for sale in retail stores such as groceries or warehouses.
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