Frozen fruit mix is linked to Hepatitis A outbreak

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    A frozen fruit mix that’s popular in smoothies may be linked to an outbreak of Hepatitis A on the West Coast.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some of the individuals who were infected ate Townsend Farms’ organic antioxidant blend.  CDC officials say at least 30 people have been affected.   The outbreak has been traced to a type of pomegranate seeds from Turkey that are in its fruit mix.  The oregon based company says the mix was only sent to Costco stores and has since been removed from store shelves.  Infections have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico.

    Hepititis A inflames the liver and limits its ability to function.  Experts say it is usually spread by contaminated food or water.  Frequent hand washing is recommended to limit the spread.