Hepatitis exposure linked to smoothies at Ashland coffeehouse

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — The Jackson County health department says people who drank what an Ashland coffeehouse calls a "Radically Free" smoothie may have been exposed to hepatitis A.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports the drink may have contained a frozen berry mix produced by Oregon-based Townsend Farms that has been recalled.

The health department said the smoothie was the only drink at Evo's Coffee Lounge that contained the mix, offered between May 17 and June 12.

Illnesses occur within 15 to 50 days of exposure to the virus. Vaccination can prevent illness if given within two weeks of exposure. The department said it would offer vaccinations.

The Centers for Disease Control said Monday it is investigating 106 cases in eight states. None have been reported in Oregon. No fatalities have been reported.