Hep A Frozen Mixed Berries Public Health Alert
Tuesday, June 06 2017
Nationally four cases of locally acquired hepatitis A virus infection have been genotyped with identical sequence to each other and to cases from the 2015 outbreak of hepatitis A associated with frozen mixed berries.
A consumer level product recall of Creative Gourmet frozen mixed berries 300gm is underway.
Medical practitioners should be alert for possible cases of hepatitis A in symptomatic individuals and request an urgent Hepatitis A IgM (and IgG) for such cases. Please also urgently notify the Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB) of confirmed or suspected cases by telephone. People who have eaten the berries but are asymptomatic do not need to be tested.
The incubation period is 15 to 50 days, usually 28-30 days. Patients frequently experience fever, malaise, weakness, anorexia, right upper quadrant pain, nausea and vomiting. Dark urine is usually the first specific sign of acute hepatitis A infection...(please see the attached release for more information).