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Health Highlights: April 29, 2021

 

Hepatitis Scare: Don't Drink 'Real Water' Brand Alkaline Water, FDA Says

As an investigation into a hepatitis outbreak in Nevada associated with Real Water brand alkaline water continues, no one should drink, cook, serve or sell the water, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

As of April 26, there had been 11 probable cases and one suspected case of acute non-viral hepatitis in Nevada.

Despite a recall on Real Water brand alkaline water sold nationwide, the FDA said it is still being sold online and is trying to locate any remaining products to ensure they are no longer available to consumers.

The FDA said it has inspected Real Water Inc. facilities in Nevada and Arizona, is reviewing information provided by the company, analyzing Real Water products, and will provide ongoing updates about the investigation.

Symptoms of non-viral hepatitis and other types of hepatitis are similar and can include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay or gray-colored bowel movements, joint pain, yellow eyes and jaundice, the FDA said.

People who develop these symptoms should contact their doctor, the agency advised. The FDA added that this water should not be served to pets.

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