The number of individuals who have been affected by the recent outbreak of Hepatitis A in Hawaii continues. The outbreak has been linked to a seafood importer and a sushi chain. A class action lawsuit has been filed against both entities, alleging various claims against them. According to the Hawaiian state health departments, the number of individuals who have contracted Hepatitis A as a result of the outbreak has climbed to 228. Based on this and other information regarding the outbreak, the estimated number of individuals who could end up contracting Hepatitis A or who have been exposed to Hepatitis A could reach 10,000.
The restaurant chain involved in the incident is called Genki Sushi, while the distributors involved include Koha Foods and Sea Port Products Corp. According to the Food and Drug Administration, scallops provided by the distributor and served by the restaurant were contaminated with Hepatitis A. The federal food safety agency has advised anyone who has eaten at Genki Sushi or who may have come into contact with an employee or someone related to the restaurant to seek medical care as soon as possible.