(Montreal) Consumption of frozen mangoes is likely the source of hepatitis A outbreaks in Quebec and Nova Scotia, Public Health Canada (PHAC) said Friday. The recall is valid on many of this product.
The Primary Health Care Center (PHAC) is investigating the source of the virus as recent cases of the disease have been reported.
Two of the people who got sick said they ate frozen mangoes before the disease started. The center said in a statement that the remaining frozen mango fruits were collected from patients’ homes, and a test revealed the presence of hepatitis A virus.
Many frozen mango products are recalled in Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Other provinces and territories may have received these fruits.
Many frozen mangoes from Nature’s Touch, Compliments, Irrésistibles, and President’s Choice brands are included in the recall. It is advised not to take it.
There are no deaths or hospitalizations associated with the hepatitis A outbreak. As of July 31, two cases have been identified in Quebec and one in Nova Scotia. CFIA continues its efforts to verify that other food products are not affected.
The most common symptoms of hepatitis A are fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, and abdominal cramps. Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes may also be observed.
Manifestations of the disease usually appear 14 to 28 days after exposure to the virus, but after 50 days in some cases. It is possible to pass hepatitis A to another person, even if the person has no symptoms.
PHAC recommends that people who have developed symptoms of hepatitis A or who have consumed products that have been recalled seek medical attention. “The vaccination can prevent the onset of symptoms if it is received within fourteen days of exposure,” the organization says.
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