Nova Scotia Public Health’s actions related to hepatitis A amid reported frozen fruit contamination

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Nova Scotia Public Health’s actions related to hepatitis A amid reported frozen fruit contamination

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is collaborating with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada to investigate an outbreak of hepatitis A infections occurring in Québec and Nova Scotia Public Health has confirmed one case of hepatitis A in Nova Scotia. Based on the investigation findings to date, exposure to frozen mangoes has been identified as a likely source of the outbreak.

Further details regarding the recalled products is available on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's website at https://inspection.canada.ca/food-recall-warnings-and-allergy-alerts/202....

If you suspect you have been exposed to recalled products, or have symptoms consistent with hepatitis A, see your health care provider immediately. For those without a health care provider, please call your local Public Health Office. Vaccination can prevent the onset of symptoms if given within 14 days of last exposure to the recalled food. One dose of vaccine will be provided at no cost. Those who have been previously vaccinated (two doses of hepatitis A vaccine or one dose within the past six months) or are naturally immune through previous infection, do not require vaccination.

Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. It’s different from other types of hepatitis, such as hepatitis B and C. Hepatitis A is most commonly spread when someone eats food or drinks water that contains the hepatitis A virus.

Not everyone who is infected will have symptoms. Symptoms are more likely to occur in adults than in children. Symptoms of hepatitis A include: fever, dark urine, loss of appetite, fatigue (tiredness), nausea and vomiting, stomach cramps or abdominal pain, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes).

After you have been exposed to hepatitis A, symptoms typically appear 14 to 28 days later, but may occur up to 50 days later. More information regarding Hepatitis A is available on the Hepatitis A General Information sheet.

More information about hepatitis A is available at http://novascotia.ca/dhw/CDPC/hepatitis-A.asp.

Healthcare providers can issue a request for the hepatitis A vaccine by contacting their local Public Health office [http://www.nshealth.ca/public-health-offices].

Individuals with questions about signs and symptoms of hepatitis A can also call 811.

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