Virginia Hepatitis A cases linked to Tropical Smoothie increases to 35

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Smoothie Chain Hit with Class Action Lawsuit After Hepatitis A Outbreak

RICHMOND, Va. (WTKR) – There are now 35 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A that are connected to frozen strawberries from Egypt used at Tropical Smoothie Cafes across Virginia, according to a new report from the Virginia Department of Health.

The number has grown by seven in just one day. The previous report given Thursday by the VDH listed the confirmed number of cases at 28.

Ten of the confirmed 35 cases are in the Eastern region of Virginia that includes Hampton Roads, 14 are in the Northern region, five Northwest and six Central.

The department of health said that people who consumed smoothies with frozen strawberries from Tropical Smoothie Cafe on August 5, 6, 7 or 8 may benefit from a vaccine or immune globulin to prevent hepatitis A.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe voluntarily withdrew all of the strawberries sourced from Egypt and found an alternate supply.

On Thursday a lawsuit was filed against TLC Tropical Smoothie, LLC of Richmond.

Constantinos A. Raptis contracted Hepatitis A after purchasing and consuming tainted products from the defendant.

Raptis was a frequent customer of a Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Purcellville, Virginia.

A separate class action class action lawsuit representing all of the victims of the outbreak is expected to be filed on Friday.

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Cars fill the parking lot of a Costco store, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Seattle. Health authorities say chicken salad from Costco has been linked to at least one case of E. coli in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2015, file photo, the grille of a Volkswagen car for sale is decorated with the iconic company symbol in Boulder, Colo. Volkswagen said Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, it is recalling 1,950 diesel vehicles in China while Singapore announced it is suspending sales of the companyâs diesel cars in the wake of the German automakerâs emissions cheating scandal. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley,File)
FILE - In this April 21, 2015 file photo, shelves sit empty of Blue Bell ice cream at a grocery store in Dallas afterTexas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for Listeriosis. Food manufacturers must be more vigilant about keeping their operations clean under new government safety rules released Thursday in the wake of deadly foodborne illness outbreaks linked to ice cream, caramel apples, cantaloupes and peanuts. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
The Nutro Company has issued a voluntary recall on their popular apple dog treats due to a "potential mold" problem. (Helen H. Richardson via Getty Images)
Tesla Motors recalled its Model S sedans for seat belt issue. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
A can of SpaghettiOs Original is displayed with others on a rack for sale at a store on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, in Pittsburgh. Campbell Soup is recalling over 300,000 cans of SpaghettiOs Original in the U.S. due to a possible choking hazard. Pieces of red plastic, part of the can's lining, were found in a small number of the 14.2 ounce cans. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
FILE - In this April 24, 2015 file photo, a sign on a window at a Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams states that the store is closed, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. CEO John Lowe said in a Tuesday, April 28, 2015 statement that Jeni's is destroying more than 265 tons of ice cream after listeria was found in the production facility and in products last week. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
This photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 shows a sign at a Honda dealership in Miami Lakes, Fla. Honda on Thursday, March 12, 2015 announced it is launching an unprecedented U.S. ad campaign urging owners to get vehicles repaired if they have been recalled to fix defective air bags. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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