By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The National Food Administration and the Swedish Public Health Agency report jointly investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A.


Since mid-July, nine cases with the same type of hepatitis A virus (genotype IA) have been reported from five different regions (Norrbotten, Västra Götaland, Stockholm, Uppsala, Södermanland).

The cases are aged 2-78, six women and three men. What they have in common is that they ate frozen imported berries, especially raspberries.

Analysis of sampled berries has not been able to detect hepatitis A virus.

The investigation into the source is ongoing.

Hepatitis A is caused by a virus that is spread globally mainly via sewage-contaminated water. The disease affects in principle only humans and is common in countries with poor drinking water hygiene, but can also be transmitted from person to person or through food.

Health officials say the hepatitis A vaccine is the best way to prevent Hepatitis A infection.