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Hepatitis A contamination may be in more fruit products

The warning about hepatitis A in packaged pineapple chunks sold in Grande Prairie has been expanded to include more products. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control says fresh peeled and cored pineapple, fresh fruit salad and fresh citrus salad sold at Save On Foods may also be affected.

“The investigation is ongoing,” the BCDC said in its original statement. “Other products are believed to be affected and more information will be provided as it becomes available.”

The products were either Western Family brand or unbranded and had a best before date of August 19, 2017. They were likely on sale August 11th or 12th.

The BCDC says a vaccine can be effective if tainted fruit was eaten in the last 14 days. Anyone who believes they may be affected is encouraged to call Health Link by dialing 8-1-1 and anyone who froze it should throw it out.

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“At this time, the risk of infection is considered to be low,” says Alberta Health Services. “No illness has been reported to date.”

Hepatitis A is a liver infection spread through contaminated food or water or direct contact with an infected person. Its symptoms include tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, and abdominal pain and fever. Illness can occur within 15 to 50 days after exposure to the virus, but usually within 28 to 30 days.

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