Health officials link smoothie shop to hepatitis A cases

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Health officials say an increasing number of people are sick with hepatitis A after ordering from a chain of smoothie shops.

The Virginian-Pilot newspaper reports ( that 17 cases in the state are now tied to Tropical Smoothie Cafes. Strawberries imported from Egypt are suspected of carrying the virus into stores.

The World Health Organization says almost everyone fully recovers from the liver disease. Symptoms include yellowing of the skin or eyes, fever and nausea.

Hepatitis A presents itself within 15 to 50 days of exposure. It can also be transmitted between people in direct contact.

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