Use of molecular epidemiology to confirm a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A caused by consumption of oysters.


The 39 oyster consumption-related cases of hepatitis A reported in 2005 represent the first large outbreak of hepatitis A associated with shellfish consumption in the United States in >15 years. This is the first outbreak investigation in which an identical hepatitis A virus sequence was obtained from both the implicated food product and case patients. 


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