Hepatitis A – Canada

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The Canadian government has recalled Mangos from a variety of brands due to several reported cases of Hepatitis A.

The source of the infections is believed to be from frozen Mango products from the following companies: Nature’s Touch, Compliments, Irresistibles, President’s Choice.

No epidemiological data is available, it has been disclosed that "several cases" were identified.

Government urges everyone with these products to return them.

Photo: Micrograph of ground glass hepatocytes, as seen in a chronic hepatitis B infection.

Hepatitis A is an infectious disease of the liver caused by Hepatovirus A. Many cases have few or no symptoms, especially in the young.

When symptoms occur, they typically last 8 weeks and may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice, fever, and abdominal pain. Acute liver failure may rarely occur, with this being more common in the elderly.

It is usually spread by eating food or drinking water contaminated with infected feces. Undercooked or raw Shellfish are common sources. It may also be spread through close contact with an infectious person.

The hepatitis A vaccine is effective for prevention. Some countries recommend it routinely for children and those at higher risk.

No specific treatment is available, with rest and medications for nausea or diarrhea recommended on an as-needed basis. Infections usually resolve completely and without ongoing liver disease.

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