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Frozen strawberries still tainted with hepatitis A

The Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease Control has warned that the risk of catching hepatitis A from frozen strawberries remains, news agency TT reported.

The infections, which began in October 2012 in the Nordic region, have continued into this summer with five new cases, including two in Sweden, of hepatitis A being linked to the tainted berries.

The Institute continues to recommend that consumers boil frozen berries from Morocco and Egypt to kill off the virus before eating.

According to the institute, there have been a total of 68 confirmed cases of the same strain of hepatitis A, with 40 in Denmark, 15 in Sweden, six in Norway and seven in Finland. Of the 68 cases reported, five of them have occurred between June and August.

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