Hawaii's Hepatitis A outbreak slowing down

Hawaii's Hepatitis A outbreak slowing down

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii's Hepatitis A outbreak may be nearing its end as the number of those sickened in the outbreak slows down.

The state Department of Health announced on Wednesday that there was one new case of Hepatitis A since last Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 289. Seventy-one of those patients required hospitalization.

The DOH said the investigation suggests the source of the outbreak is focused on Oahu since 10 of those affected are residents of the Big Island, Kauai or Maui, and seven of them have returned to the Mainland or elsewhere.

Frozen scallops imported from the Philippines are confirmed as the source of the state's Hepatitis A outbreak, according to laboratory tests by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Those scallops were distributed by Koha Foods to Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai.

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