RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A third lawsuit has been filed after a hepatitis A outbreak tied to Tropical Smoothie Cafe.
The most recent lawsuit is on behalf of seven people. The suit 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 was linked to tainted strawberries imported from Egypt.
There are now 98 cases of hepatitis A reported in Virginia. There are 15 cases in the eastern region, which includes Hampton Roads.
There could be more cases to come. Doctors say this is due to the fact symptoms can develop up to 50 days after exposure.