Tuesday, Sept 5, 2017
More Infected Fruit
Add three to growing list of Western Family products with Hepatitis A
By BCCDC, Website photo
Pineapple chunks infected with Hepatitus A. BCCDC photo.
n Wednesday, the BC Centre for disease control added three more items of Western Family's pineapple chunk with Hepatitus A:
• Fresh peeled &
cored pineapple 16oz
Hepatitis A is an infection caused by a virus that affects the liver. The virus is found in the stool of an infected person. It is spread when a person eats food or drinks water that has come in contact with infected stool. Infected food handlers can pass the virus on to other people if they do not wash their hands with soap and water after using the bathroom.
Hepatitis A symptoms include: yellow skin or eyes, loss of appetite, fever, tiredness, stomach ache, nausea, dark coloured urine, and light or whitish coloured bowel movements. Symptoms can also be so mild that a person may not be aware that they have the disease. Illness can last for several weeks but people generally recover completely.
Illness may be life-threatening in the elderly or those with other chronic liver disease. Symptoms may develop 15-50 days after exposure.
What you can do
Hepatitis A vaccine can prevent the infection if given within 14 days after exposure.
• If you consumed this product on August 18th or later, you should receive a dose of hepatitis A vaccine.
• If you develop symptoms of hepatitis A, contact your family doctor and local health unit office immediately.
• Consumers who have frozen the product should discard it.
For more information, visit www.bccdc.ca