Media Update - Hepatitis A linked to Frozen Berries - 10 March 2015 - 11am

This page provides a Media Update - Hepatitis A linked to Frozen Berries as at 10 March 2015 - 11am

Page last updated: 10 March 2015

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Epidemiology

As at 11:00 on 10 March 2015, there are 26 confirmed cases that meet the reporting case definition:

  • 11 in QLD
  • 8 in NSW
  • 3 in Vic
  • 2 in WA
  • 1 in ACT
  • 1 in SA

All 26 cases have reported eating Nanna’s frozen mixed berries during their period of acquisition (15-50 days prior to the onset of symptoms). No other common exposure has been determined. This strong epidemiological association is further strengthened by genotyping.

The risk of contracting hepatitis A from eating frozen berries is estimated to be very low noting there have been only 26 cases to date despite berries being a commonly consumed food.

This is an ongoing epidemiological investigation and all possible exposures are being explored.

Hepatitis A Surveillance

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

Food Recalls

Four products have been recalled.

  • Nanna's Mixed Berries 1kg pack, with a best before date up to and including 22/11/16.
  • Nanna's Raspberries 1kg pack, with a best before date up to and including 15/09/16.
  • Creative Gourmet's Mixed Berries 300g pack, with a best before date up to and including 10/12/17.
  • Creative Gourmet's Mixed Berries 500g pack, with a best before date up to and including 06/10/17.

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