Media Update - Hepatitis A linked to Frozen Berries - 04 March 2015 - 11am

This page provides a Media Update - Hepatitis A linked to Frozen Berries as at 04 March 2015 - 11am

Page last updated: 04 March 2015

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Epidemiology

As at 11:00 on 4 March 2015, there are 26 confirmed cases that meet the reporting case definition:

  • 11 in QLD - 2 more cases today
  • 8 in NSW
  • 3 in Vic
  • 2 in WA - 1 more case today
  • 1 in ACT
  • 1 in SA

The source of the hepatitis A virus is still unconfirmed. However, the berries are the only common exposure for cases.

Hep A surveillance:

There have now been 59 cases of hepatitis A in Australia this year. This time last year there were 65 cases contracted from various sources.

Food Recalls

  • Nanna's Mixed Berries 1kg pack
  • Nanna's Raspberries 1kg pack
  • Creative Gourmet's Mixed Berries 300g pack
  • Creative Gourmet's Mixed Berries 500g pack

Only the Nanna's Mixed Berries product has been epidemiologically linked with the outbreak. The other products have been recalled as a precaution.

Anyone who has eaten the recalled frozen berries and feels unwell should consult their GP.

Information for patients, consumers and GPs can be found at The Department of Health website (www.health.gov.au) with a link on the Home Page to Hepatitis A.

Media contact: Kay McNiece, National Incident Room, Department of Health, 0412 132 585