Update: HPPH holding Hepatitis A vaccination clinics August 9 and 10

Huron Perth, ON – In follow up to the August 5 news release, please see updated information from Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) on Hepatitis A vaccination clinics.  HPPH is holding clinics due to the potential risk of Hepatitis A exposure from recalled frozen mango products. 

The clinics will be offered as follows to those who consumed any of the recalled products in the last 14 days:

Monday, Aug. 9, 2021 | 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.: HPPH West Gore site, 653 West Gore St., Stratford

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021| 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.: HPPH Clinton site, 77722B London Rd., Clinton

There is no cost for vaccination.  To book an appointment, please call HPPH at 1-888-221-2133 ext 2284.

You do not require further vaccine for this exposure, if you:

  • Have received a complete series of Hepatitis A or Hepatitis A/B (Twinrix) vaccine
  • Have received a single dose of Hepatitis A vaccine in the past six months
  • Have previously had a Hepatitis A infection

Note that those who may have eaten the affected product more than 14 days ago will not benefit from vaccination.

“I strongly recommend that anyone six months of age and older who has eaten the recalled products in the past 14 days receive the Hepatitis A vaccine, says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth Public Health.  “Vaccination can prevent the onset of symptoms if given within 14 days of exposure.”

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) declared a Hepatitis A outbreak on July 31. Based on the findings of PHAC’s investigation to date, exposure to frozen mangoes has been identified as a likely source of the outbreak.  The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a food recall warning on July 30 for various frozen mangoes.

There have been two confirmed cases of the virus in Quebec, and one in Nova Scotia.  Although no cases have been reported in Ontario to date, the recalled mangoes were distributed and sold here.

The recalled products are:

  • Nature’s Touch Mangoes (frozen) – two kilograms, with a best before date of November 9, 2022;
  • Compliments Mango Mania (frozen) – 600 grams, with best before dates of November 10, 2022 and December 18, 2022;
  • Irresistibles Mango Chunks (frozen) – 600 grams, with a best before date of November 10, 2022; and,
  • President’s Choice Mango Chunks (frozen) – 600 grams, with best before dates of November 6, 2022 and November 10, 2022.

Check to see if you have the recalled products in your home. If you do, the products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased. Do not eat the recalled products.  Food contaminated with Hepatitis A may not look or smell spoiled.

If individuals need to be vaccinated before Monday or Tuesday, they can attend a clinic in a neighbouring region.  Middlesex London Health Unit will hold a clinic Saturday, August 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at its Citi Plaza office – 355 Wellington Street, Suite 110, London.

About Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a disease that can cause inflammation of the liver.  You can get the Hepatitis A virus by eating contaminated food or water, or through contact with an infected person's feces (stool).  Food and drinks can become contaminated through:

  • an infected food handler
  • hands that were not washed properly after using the washroom
  • contamination during harvest, manufacturing and processing

Most people with Hepatitis A develop symptoms two to seven weeks after being infected with the virus and the illness typically lasts one to two weeks.  Symptoms are usually mild, and can include fever, loss of appetite, stomach cramps, jaundice, dark urine, and fatigue.  People who are immunocompromised, are older, or have a pre-existing chronic liver disease are more at risk of serious illness.  Some people do not get sick at all, but they can still spread the virus to others.

It can take up to 50 days for Hepatitis A symptoms to develop.  The benefits of vaccination will only be seen for those who have consumed the product in the last 14 days.  Those who consumed the product outside this time frame are encouraged to speak to their health care provider with their concerns or if symptoms develop.

For more information about the recall, visit the CFIA’s website (https://inspection.canada.ca/food-recall-warnings-and-allergy-alerts/2021-07-30/eng/1627691106085/1627691112044).  For more information about hepatitis A, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/food-poisoning/hepatitis-a.html.

 

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