Fruit contaminated with hepatitis A: twenty people to be vaccinated

1177286Twenty people should be vaccinated against hepatitis A after eating potentially contaminated small fruits.

A case of hepatitis A outbreak linked to Mix berries and cherries frozen organic brand Nature’s Touch was held in three provinces. These products are sold in Costco stores.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a food recall notices to inform Canadians of the recall of this product from frozen fruit, which was distributed in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.

In the Eastern Townships, is estimated at 1,500 the number of bags sold from the great King Street West box store, says Dr. Mélissa Généreux, the Public Health Department.

“The liver A, it is not usual with fruit. We may be required to be vaccinated, she said. It does not just return the product as is usually seen in cases of contamination. 1500 bags, that means possibly say several people affected. ”

“So far, at least twenty people will be vaccinated in the Eastern Townships. ”

The Public Health Agency of Canada advises Canadians to consume the mixture of berries and cherries frozen organic brand Nature’s Touch, sold exclusively at Costco warehouses in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia Area and Newfoundland and Labrador.

If we think we have been exposed to the recalled product or if you have symptoms that match those of hepatitis A, one should immediately consult a health professional. Administration of the vaccine against the virus can prevent the onset of symptoms if given within two weeks of exposure.

Phone message

Ms. Généreux says that public health Estrie team was put on alert mode. It warned doctors and clinics. The direction of the Costco de Sherbrooke worked well, she added. An automated telephone message was made for people who bought the product at King West store in Sherbrooke.

“We want to know the opinion, because sometimes people hang up when he heard a phone message,” she argued.

“We put the news on our Facebook page and was shared many times. ”

The overall risk is low. Hepatitis A is a disease that can cause liver inflammation, says the CFIA.

The severity of hepatitis A varies. The disease can be mild and last only a few weeks or be severe and last several months. It is possible to contract hepatitis A by ingesting water or food contaminated or by contact with stool from an infected person. Well administered, the vaccine against hepatitis A provides protection against the virus.

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