Berries blamed for California man's Hepatitis A

Blueberries, Photo Credit: WPBN/WTOM
Posted at 5:19 AM, Jun 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-06 02:06:08-04

ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man had to cut his anniversary trip to Yellowstone National Park short when a mystery illness put him in a hospital.

Encinitas resident Geoff Soza says his favorite breakfast of thawed berries in yogurt exposed him to fruit that's been recalled for hepatitis A contamination. Dozens of other instances of the illnesses have been linked to the berries from Townsend Farms of Fairview, Ore.

At first, doctors thought Soza needed to have his gall bladder removed, but more tests revealed liver inflammation.

Hepatitis A can spread by the ingestion of a microscopic amount of fecal matter from an infected person, typically a food worker with unwashed hands.

Symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal pain and jaundice, a yellowing of the skin or eyes.