Hepatitis A associated with Frozen Mixed Berries

17th February 2015 - 3:48pm

Most practitioners would be aware of an outbreak of hepatitis A in the eastern states of Australia that has been associated with the consumption of two brands of frozen mixed berries. The manufacturer  has instituted a product recall of these products.
Medical practitioners should be alert for possible cases of hepatitis A in symptomatic individuals and request an urgent Hepatitis A lgM (and lgG) for such cases. Please also urgently notify the CDCB of confirmed or suspected cases by telephone. Asymptomatic individuals should not be tested.
The incubation period is 15 to 50 days, usually 28-30 days. Patients frequently experience fever, malaise, wea kness, anorexia, right upper quadrant pain, nausea and vomiting.

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