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Hepatitis C is the Non-Hep-A, Non-Hep-B hepatitis. It is usually transmitted in blood or through sexual contact, and leads to chronic hepatitis sometimes after decades of latency.
These forms of hepatitis are much more rare, and require clinical diagnosis. There have been no food borne outbreaks of these forms of hepatitis.
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The most common way to acquire hepatitis A (which is otherwise known as infectious jaundice) is through the same mechanism as many food borne illnesses-the Oral-Fecal route. Consumption of contaminated water, raw food, or other contaminated products can lead to infection. An infected person often begins to suffer symptoms between 15 and 50 days after consumption. A test for IgM antibodies in the 4 to 12 week window after infection can diagnose an acute infection. A test for IgG antibodies anytime post-5 weeks after infection shows that a person has been infected in their lifetime.
In third world countries, infection with Hepatitis A is quite common and even a majority of adults in some countries will be positive for IgG. But in the U.S., infection rates are much lower, in part due to protected water supplies.
Unfortunately often before symptoms even show up, and infected person is shedding the virus in their feces and can infect other people!
There is a vaccine available for Hepatitis A, and it lasts at least 10 years, protecting a victims from acquiring the virus. But if a person has already had Hepatitis A, reinfection is rare.
by Hepatitis Lawyer Tony Coveny
Hepatitis A has been linked to a number of outbreaks in Europe, Canada and the United States. It can cause many symptoms, such as:
•nausea •fever •body aches •headaches
•lethargy (fatigue) •yellow skin and eyes •very light colored stools
•very dark urine
•abdominal pain •elevated Liver Enzymes
Hepatitis is hard to diagnose, and hence many people do not know they have it. In addition, the symptoms often do not show up for two to 8 weeks. Most doctors do not consider Hepatitis as a possible cause unless they see the yellow eyes or skin or do a liver enzyme test that comes back abnormal. When people get tested, they only find out if they have had Hepatitis A. But there are tests available to test if the Hepatitis A was recently acquired, and in a Hepatitis outbreak (such as the Costco - Townsend Farms outbreak) this is very important. To establish the foundation for a hepatitis lawsuit, your hepatitis lawyer will need a positive test, as well as proof of purchase to be able to establish a link between your illness and the hepatitis outbreak. The recent Hepatitis Outbreak linked to Townsend Farms In Oregon has led to a number of Hepatitis lawsuits against Costco and Townsend Farms linked to frozen berries that contain pomegranate seeds from Turkey, a region that is a source of this particular strain of Hepatitis A. As a Hepatitis lawyer, I am working to file lawsuits on behalf of Hepatitis victims across the Western half of this nation. The Hepatitis lawsuits allege negligence, strict liability, and breach of warranty. Hepatitis A is an especially contagious virus, and can pass easily in food. It is not killed by freezing, as was evident in the Townsend Farms, Costco frozen berries, and hence is a significant public risk. Companies that sell a product such as the Townsend Farms frozen berries are making money on selling a high-end product that is touted as "Organic" and having "Anti-Oxidant" properties. In this case, it turned out to be anything but healthy as Townsend Farms and Costco are now on the line for damages to at least 100 people in 8 states who ate the frozen berries and got Hepatitis A from doing so. So far, individuals in many states have filed their hepatitis lawsuit with the help of a hepatitis lawyer. Each hepatitis lawsuit is linked to the hepatitis outbreak by scientific testing and adequate proof of purchase of the Costco berries. The Costco-Townsend Farms hepatitis outbreak has already led to over a dozen hepatitis lawsuits filed by one or more hepatitis lawyers of personal injury lawyers (these later lawyers often refer the cases to a hepatitis lawyer who has experience with filing hepatitis lawsuits in the wake of a hepatitis outbreak. A hepatitis lawyer has the sort of experience that helps them work with state and federal health departments to investigate and prosecute a hepatitis lawsuit).
At least 25 people have been made ill fro the use of seal oil made in an Alaskan village called Twin Hills. Authorities became alerted to the outbreak on December 19th when 2 of the victims had to be flown into Bethel, Alaska, for medical attention. The victims came from Quinhagak, Alaska. Because the victims were unable to breath on their own, they were then flown to Anchorage, Alaska for advance d medical treatment. The program manager for Infectious Disease, Dr. Cooper, called this one of the largest botulism outbreaks he'd seen, an d note this exceeds the number of botulism cases often seen annually in the U.S. The source is a family who produces seal oil, and according to some local reports, they are not cooperating with efforts to destroy the product. Dr. Cooper also noted that the seal oil registered the highest level of botulism his instruments could record.
The Botulism victims come from the towns of Quinhagak and Dillingham, Alaska. And while the outbreak may be limited to these 25 individuals, since the symptoms of botulism can occur within a day to ten days post consumption, new cases may yet be identified. This would be about the 55th time that seal oil has caused an outbreak of botulism in Alaska.
Note: Clearly, botulism cases are much more rare than food poisoning cases linked to E. coli,salmonella, Listeria, Campylobacter, Shigella, Vibrio, ciguatoxin, or Norovirus. But due to their severity, I discuss them here.
By Botulism lawyer Tony Coveny
As a botulism lawyer, it is rare to come across cases of botulism that can be traced to industrial food production. Food today is produced in such a way that, when done properly, it prevents this very dangerous and deadly toxin from entering the food chain. However, as in most all food poisoning outbreaks, as uncovered in the subsequent food poisoning lawsuits, breakdowns in the application of safe food manufacturing and production standards do happen. Temperatures are not maintained, bottles and cans not properly sealed, and product containers are damages in shipping and during distribution. Any mishap in the proper application of safe operating procedures and safe food handling can allow botulism to be introduced into the human food chain.
By Botulism lawyer Tony Coveny
We may all recall our grandmothers, mothers, or neighbors canning vegetables and fruits and recall the constant reminder that if the process is not done correctly, the unlucky eater could die of botulism. The key was in the preparation of the food, and that remains the constant in botulism cases. Botulism is preventable though proper food handling and processing techniques, and because those have been adopted by nearly every manufacturer who provides food in the US, botulism is rare. But on occasion, proper food handling and manufacturing procedures are bent, and cases of botulism are uncovered.
Botulism is, luckily, rare. There are usually about 145 cases of botulism in the U.S. annually, this according to the CDC:
The food borne illnesses, or food poisoning, are rarely from large outbreaks, though they do happen. One such outbreak was in 2007, when investigators identified botulism in hotdog chili sause that was canned by Castleberry's Food Company. In that outbreak there aere three reported cases in Texas, three in Ohio, and two in Indiana.
As for wound infected botulism, most of these cases are related to black-tar heroin use. For more information, contact a Botulism lawyer here.
Food poisoning lawyer Tony Coveny, Ph.D., is licensed in the state of Texas, with his office in Katy, Texas.
27715 Guthrie Ridge Lane, Katy TX 77494. phone 281-851-9343. A Texas food poisoning lawyer who has worked with victims of Vibrio, Shigella, salmonella, listeria, E. coli, Hepatitis, and other pathogens . If you need a Salmonella Lawyer, aListeria Lawyer, an E. coli Lawyer, a Hepatitis Lawyer, or any other food poisoning lawyer, give me a call!