Warning Issued For Frozen Fruit After Links To Hep A

WA patient diagnosed

Warning Issued For Frozen Fruit After Links To Hep A

The spread of Hepatitis A from frozen pomegranate products has reached WA.

One patient has come down with the virus after eating Creative Gourmet brand pomegranate arils.

The WA case follows five cases in NSW, one in ACT and one in Queensland.

WA Communicable Disease Control Director, Dr Paul Armstrong urged Western Australians who had eaten imported frozen pomegranates, purchased from Coles, to see their family GP if they develop symptoms of hepatitis A.

"Hepatitis A is a virus and symptoms of infection include fever, nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, abdominal discomfort, yellowing of the whites of the eyes and skin, dark urine and pale stools,” Dr Armstrong said.

Symptoms can take 2 to 7 weeks to develop after eating contaminated food and from being in contact with infected people.

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