Category Archives: Hepatitis A

USA- More Hepatitis A in the USA

Food Poisoning Bulletin

A food worker at the Waffle House, located at 120 South Goose Creek Boulevard in Goose Creek, South Carolina was diagnosed with hepatitis A. Anyone who ate there between August 24 and September 13, 2019 may have been exposed. The restaurant is located in Berkeley County.

USA – Deadly Doughnuts? Yet another food service worker with Hepatitis A

Food Poison Journal

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has issued a warning of possible hepatitis A exposure after a Kensington doughnut shop worker tested positive for the infection. Health officials say the employee works at Yumcious Donuts at 3001 Kensington Ave.

The health department recommends anyone who purchased doughnuts from Yumcious or the Quick Stop at the same address between Aug. 20 and Sept. 4, should receive a hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible. People who have previously received two doses of hepatitis A vaccine or have had hepatitis A in the past do not need to be vaccinated.

Australia – Koryo Food Pickled clams – Hepatitis A

FSANZ

Koryo Food Pickled clams

180g

Product information

Koryo Food Co. is conducting a recall of the above product. The product has been available for sale at Independent Korean/Asian Grocery Stores in NSW.

Date markings

Use By dates 191119 and 281119

Pickled clams

Problem

The recall is due to possible microbial  (Hepatitis A virus) contamination.

Food safety hazard

Food products contaminated with Hepatitis A virus may cause illness if consumed.

Country of origin

Produced in Australia from imported ingredients

What to do​

Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice and should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For further information please contact:

Koryo Food Co.
02 9718 9545

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Australia – Byul Mi salted clams – Hepatitis A

FSANZ

Product information

Byul Mi Kim Chi is conducting a recall of Byul Mi Kim Chi Salted Clams, 150g. The product has been available for sale at Korean Grocery Shops in NSW.

Date markings

Best Before 31/OCT/19 to 31/DEC/19

Kim Chi salted clams

Problem

The recall is due to possible microbial (Hepatitis A virus) contamination.

Food safety hazard

Food products contaminated with Hepatitis A virus may cause illness if consumed.

Country of origin

Produced in Australia from imported ingredients.

What to do​

Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice. and should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For further information please contact:

Byul Mi Kim Chi
0410 596 688

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Korea – KCDC pegs salted clam as culprit behind Hepatitis A rise

Korea Biomed

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said that it has confirmed that contaminated fermented shellfish was the main culprit behind the hepatitis A outbreak this summer.

The KCDC came to the conclusions after conducting an in-depth epidemiological investigation.

The agency randomly sampled 270 of the 2,178 hepatitis A patients, diagnosed between July 28 and August 24, and surveyed whether they consumed fermented shellfish this summer. It found that 42 percent of the patients had eaten fermented shellfish during the incubation period.

KCDC also found that 80.7 percent of the 26 patients diagnosed with hepatitis A in August also ate fermented shellfish, while discovering Hepatitis A virus genes in 11 batches out of the 18 batches collected after the outbreak.

USA – New Jersey Department of Health on Hepatitis A at Mendham Golf and Tennis Club

Food Poison Journal

The New Jersey Department of Health is working with the Mendham Township Health Department and the Mendham Golf and Tennis Club (MGTC) in response to a hepatitis A outbreak related to a food handler at the club. MGTC is a members only club.

Hepatitis A is an immediately reportable condition to the Department and the local health department; through this mechanism this case was identified.    The Department of Health is supporting the Mendham Township Health Department—which began immediately investigating. The food handler was excluded from work and a review of other food handlers for vaccination and proof of immunity was conducted.  Close contacts of the food handler were identified and given prophylaxis (vaccine or medication to prevent illness after exposure).

USA – Hepatitis A outbreak in Las Vegas: Should vaccinations be required for food workers?

Reno Gazette Virusds

When the number of hepatitis A cases hit peak levels in Southern Nevada in the late 1990s, health officials required all food workers to get immunization shots to prevent the virus that could cause liver damage and lead to death.

But after the number of cases dropped to historic lows in the 2000s, the immunization rule was eliminated.

Today, hepatitis A cases are now on the rise around the U.S. and in Southern Nevada, where health officials reported last week that an infected Las Vegas 7-Eleven clerk handled hot dogs and hot deli items and exposed an unknown number of customers to the virus.

When should immunization shots be mandated to fight disease?