Australian hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries

| February 20, 2015 outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection in Australia has been linked to frozen berry products distributed by Patties Foods in the state of Victoria.

The outbreak has so far affected at least 14 people in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia. According to news reports, more reported cases are expected as the implicated berries have been widely distributed and may also have been supplied to some schools.

Following the establishment of an epidemiological link between the outbreak and frozen berries by health officials, Patties Foods has recalled four frozen mixed berry and raspberry products sold under the Nanna’s and Creative Gourmet brand names.

The recalled products were reportedly packed in China, but the exact source of the contamination is not yet confirmed and berries from other countries may be involved. Raspberries are thought to be the common ingredient in implicated products.

A BBC news report about the outbreak can be found here.

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