Virginia officials say the number of confirmed cases of Hepatitis A that are connected to frozen strawberries used at Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations is up to 40 cases from 28 cases last week. Fifty-five percent of the infected smoothie patrons have been hospitalized, the Virginia Department of Health said in a statement. Tropical Smoothie Cafe has more the 500 locations across the country, and Virginia is not the only state with infected customers. The franchise pulled all the potentially contaminated berries from its 96 locations in Virginia no later than Aug. 8 or Aug. 9. Officials say more cases could emerge because some symptoms of Hepatitis A take as long as 50 days to emerge.
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