Third lawsuit filed after hepatitis A outbreak tied to Tropical Smoothie

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A third lawsuit is filed after a Hepatitis A outbreak tied to Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

This most recent lawsuit is on behalf of seven people, including one person from Richmond and another from Chester.

The lawsuit holds Tropical Smoothie Cafe and 10 other companies and people responsible for the outbreak.

Those represented in the lawsuit bought smoothies from the chain. Soon after, they all fell ill with Hepatitis A and experienced typical symptoms of the disease, which include fever, nausea, vomiting, headaches, abdominal pain, and fatigue.

The outbreak is linked to tainted strawberries imported from Egypt.

There are now 90 cases of Hepatitis A reported in Virginia, but there could be more cases to come. Doctors say this is due to the fact symptoms can develop up to 50 days after exposure.

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