Hepatitis A outbreak linked to strawberries: Signs and symptoms to watch out for

While the affected strawberries are no longer sold in Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada is asking anyone who may have frozen the berries to toss them out. (Photo via Getty images)

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Canadian health agencies are investigating a hepatitis A outbreak in Alberta and Saskatchewan that was likely caused by imported organic strawberries.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), six people in Saskatchewan and four people in Alberta have gotten sick from eating the fruit. While four people have been hospitalized, the PHAC says there have been no reported deaths.

The imported fresh organic strawberries were purchased in early March at Co-op stores in both provinces under the brand name FreshKampo or HEB. Despite the berries no longer being available on Canadian store shelves, health officials are asking people to check their freezers in case they stored the strawberries for later use.

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