Several cases of hepatitis among children in the Las Vegas area have alerted the Food and Drug Administration resulting in the recommendation of avoiding Real Water’s alkaline water while an investigation is conducted by the agency.
The FDA regulates bottled water under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Everything started when they noted five cases of acute non-viral hepatitis which ended up being an acute liver failure in infants and young children that happened in November 2020 in the Southern Nevada Health District. All five patients were hospitalized but have now recovered. People living with the patients were also reported to have experienced similar but less severe symptoms such as fever, vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, and fatigue, according to the FDA.
The only common link identified between all of these cases is having consumed alkaline water from the “Real water” brand.
Therefore Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response for the FDA, recommended consumers, restaurants and retailers to not consume, cook with, sell or serve “Real Water” alkaline water until more information is known about the cause of the illnesses. The FDA is working to determine how the alkaline water may be related to those illnesses and additional updates will be provided whenever more information becomes available.
Symptoms of all types of hepatitis, including non-viral hepatitis, are similar and often include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay or gray-colored bowel movements, joint pain, yellow eyes, and jaundice, according to the FDA.
Those experiencing these symptoms should contact their doctor.
With information from: https://myfox8.com/news/fda-warns-not-to-drink-companys-bottled-water-after-several-people-report-liver-damage/?fbclid=IwAR24ucckV8-ko3f9L6N7DZHJQ2WV6tTADNebsvKRuzSV4vXC1GBpRhaHPY8