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State investigating liver illness cases

October 3, 2013
Maui Weekly

The Maui News - At least 10 cases of acute liver inflammation and failure have been reported statewide--including in Maui County--from May to September. The only common point so far is the use of a dietary or nutritional supplement for weight loss or muscle gain, the state Health Department said.

The Health Department has issued a statewide "medical advisory" to clinicians, clinics and emergency departments to facilitate identifying more possible cases. The department is collaborating closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S.

Food and Drug Administration because the investigation may involve a federally regulated supplement with national distribution, the department said.

The department urges all people who use dietary or nutritional supplements for weight loss and/or muscle gain to do so with caution and under their healthcare providers' guidance and monitoring. People who develop symptoms such as abdominal pain or discomfort, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and/or vomiting and yellow skin or eyes should consult their healthcare provider immediately.



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