(Montreal) The source of frozen mangoes may be responsible for the spread of hepatitis A in Quebec and Nova Scotia, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) reported on Friday. Recall will affect some of these products.
PHAC investigated the source of the virus as recent cases of the disease were reported.
“Two of the patients said they ate frozen mangoes before the onset of the disease. The rest of the frozen mangoes were collected from the homes of sick people and tested positive for the hepatitis A virus,” the PHC said in a statement.
Various frozen mango products are recalled in Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Other provinces and territories may have adopted these fruits.
Most of the frozen mangoes from the Nature’s Touch, compliments, irresistible and President’s Choice brands are included in the recall. It is better not to consume them.
There were no deaths or hospitalizations due to the spread of hepatitis A. As of July 31, two cases have been identified in Quebec and one in Nova Scotia. CFIA is continuing its efforts to ensure 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. Yellow and white eyes of skin can also be noticed.
Manifestations of the disease usually appear 14 to 28 days after exposure to the virus, but in some cases after 50 days. Even if an infected person does not show any symptoms, it is possible to transmit hepatitis A to another person.
The PHAC recommends that people with hepatitis A symptoms or those who consume recalled products seek medical help. “Vaccination can prevent the onset of symptoms within fourteen days,” the company says.