CDC fails to inform Nation of ongoing Hepatitis A epidemic

Posted on August 18, 2016

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By Tina Quizon  – August 18, 2016

Story updated August 22, 2016

After months of Hawaii reports of the increased numbers of citizens infected with the hepatitis A virus in Hawaii and more and more Hawaii restaurants being added to the growing list of at risk locations for contracting hepatitis A. The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) announced on the probable direct source of the Food-Bourne outbreak to be from contaminated frozen raw Scallops imported from the Philippines manufactured and distributed by Sea Port Products Corp and served at Genki Sushi.

We began watching this story in early July after Carroll Cox an Environmental investigator spoke about the epidemic on his 1080AM radio show, the possible source and concerns for transparency and of reporting by the DOH to the Public.  Cox’s had early on voiced and suspected the culprit of the hepatitis A food borne illness : was imported seafood. Mr. Cox continued to push for answers and to inform the public, and was the first to alert the public to be wary of the imported seafood we consume even before the DOH confirmation of the contaminated Frozen Raw Scallops with hepatitis A.  You can learn more of his investigation and the ongoing problems he has uncovered in regards to our Food Safety, not only with delays in alerting the Public about this recent hepatitis A epidemic, but as Cox’s past investigations has uncovered a seemingly safety net by the DOH for restaurants and food distributors that neglects the Public Health and safety –  in 2010 his radio show titled “What the Dept. of Health will not tell you!’  Carroll’s radio show spoke about the Department of Health’s dragging their feet and the April 22, 2010, press release confirming “Cases of Salmonella Related to Eating Raw Tuna”, and his finding that the ahi was purchased at Kuru Kuru Sushi in Pearl Kai Shopping Center.  Learn more here at the link http://carrollcox.com/KuruKuru.htm

http://carrollcox.com/show052310.htm

More about Carroll Cox’s investigation into the recent Hepatitis A at these Radio links http://www.carrollcox.com/Show071016.htm

http://carrollcox.com/Show082116.htm

We also reviewed the CDC and FDA website and as of August 16, 2016 and was dumbfounded that there was no information available to the Public to notify citizens across the Nation of the Hawaii Hepatitis A outbreak. Nothing to notify travelers and visitors who may want to delay traveling to the Hawaiian Islands, to give people a choice, like with the Zika Virus, especially with this being an ongoing outbreak that the DOH stated the number of infected individuals will increase.

On August 16, we sent a group of questions to the CDC:

August 16, 2016

To CDC Director Tom Frieden,

I am writing to ask why the CDC has not made any public announcement in regards to the Hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii?

On what date did the CDC receive notice of the outbreak?

What is the reason the CDC has not informed the Public of the Hepatitis Outbreak in Hawaii?

When will the CDC make it’s official press release of the ongoing Hepatitis A Outbreak in Hawaii?

When does the CDC plan to report the Hawaii HepA outbreak on CDC website?

How many visitors/ tourist have tested positive for Hepatitis A?

A Tourist Visiting from mainland has been confirmed as test+ For HepA . After eating raw scallops Waikiki and Pearlridge at geniki sushi in Hawaii.

When will the CDC inform the national public and press of this latest incident?

What is the CDC’s plan to protect our nation’s public health, the citizens and tourist, and from further spreading Hepatits A ?

What is the other States and or City’s is this person or persons that is the infected living in?

What airlines did this tourist travel on to return back from Hawaii to the mainland?

Did they have any stop overs in other states or stay in any other hotels in other City’s before the return to their final destination from the Hawaii visit?

What is the confirmed number of infected people with Hepatitis A and from what states?

Thank you,
Tina Quizon

808-386-1021


 

After our request for answers and other media inquiries we got an update from the CDC  on Friday August 19, 2016 that the FDA was going to be making a press release, and the CDC would most like also respond after the FDA press release:

FDA press release – ” On August 17, 2016, the FDA, Hawaii DOH, CDC and state partners informed Sea Port Products Corp that epidemiological, laboratory and traceback information indicates their scallops are the likely source of illnesses. On August 18, 2016, Sea Port Products Corp initiated a voluntary recall of frozen Bay Scallops produced on November 23, 2015 and 24, 2015. The products were distributed to California, Hawaii, and Nevada. The FDA is working with the recalling firm to ensure their recall is effective and that recalled product is removed from the market” read full statement here:

FDA investigates outbreak of hepatitis A illnesses linked to raw scallops

http://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm517289.htm

FDA Hepatitis A Hawaii outbreak -  photo.jpg

 

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– photo courtesy of Carroll Cox

Later that day on August 19, 2016 the CDC released its own statement:

http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/outbreaks/2016/hav-hawaii.htm

 

CDC - hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii Photo

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