Hepatitis A cases in Australia linked to Chinese berries


Tue, Feb 17, 2015 - Page 5

Health authorities in Australia are investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to frozen berries packed in China.

At least nine cases of the infection have been reported across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland states.

The Australian company at the center of the scare, Patties Foods, yesterday said that it was recalling its frozen mixed berries, while further tests are carried out.

“We are not sure how many people may be affected,” NSW Health’s communicable diseases branch director Vicky Sheppeard said. “There is the potential that others may be sick with hepatitis A now, or develop the disease over the coming weeks.”