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Drinks may have been tainted with hepatitis A

August 28, 2007|From a Times Staff Writer

Complimentary smoothies handed out at the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show at the HP Pavilion on Aug. 16 and 17 may have been contaminated with hepatitis A, state health officials said Monday.

The smoothies, provided at the JumpSport booth, were prepared at a Willow Glen-area Jamba Juice by an employee diagnosed with hepatitis A.

Though the risk appears minimal, the California Department of Public Health said that people who consumed the drinks should monitor their health.

It could take 15 to 50 days for symptoms to appear.

Jamba Juice officials said they would pay eligible individuals their reasonable out-of-pocket medical expenses.

To report any illness, contact Jamba Juice at (877) 217-4780.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday, August 30, 2007 Home Edition Main News Part Page Metro Desk 2 inches; 64 words Type of Material: Correction
Hepatitis: A brief article in Tuesday's California section about possible hepatitis A contamination in complimentary smoothies handed out at the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show on Aug. 16 and 17 omitted the fact that the event was in San Jose. The smoothies, provided at the JumpSport booth, were prepared at a Willow Glen-area Jamba Juice by an employee diagnosed with hepatitis A.

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