Acute health warning: Beware of dates with the hepatitis A virus

Acute health warning: Beware of dates with the hepatitis A virus

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“Juicy dates” dates may contain the hepatitis A virus

The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety warns of dates from a Danish company that could contain hepatitis A viruses. It is the "Juicy Dates Datteln, 400g" brand from the Danish company "RM Import" with the best-before dates of January 28, 2018 and June 10, 2018. In Denmark, hepatitis A infections have already occurred, which are probably due to consumption the dates were triggered. The company cannot rule out that contaminated dates have also reached Germany. Consumption is strongly discouraged.

Typical symptoms of hepatitis A infection include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea, fatigue and jaundice. Anyone who shows these or similar symptoms after eating the affected dates should contact their family doctor and point out a possible hepatitis infection. No case is known yet, however. The company has already responded with a recall and removed the affected products from sale. In addition, products that have already been sold can be brought back to the market. The purchase price will be refunded.

Hepatitis usually causes flu-like symptoms

With hepatitis, different symptoms can occur depending on the type of virus. As a rule, the general complaints resemble the symptoms of flu. These include fatigue, fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, fever, nausea and vomiting. In the further course of the disease, typical signs such as dark urine, light bowel movements and yellow eyes or skin (jaundice) may appear. The inflammation releases substances that lead to an increase in liver values. Accordingly, a blood test can provide information if hepatitis is suspected.

Hepatitis A is promoted by poor hygiene

Hepatitis A is very contagious. People often become infected with the disease on a trip, as the viruses are often found in countries with low hygiene standards. The virus is transmitted either through direct contact with infected people who leave their viruses on toilets or doorknobs or indirectly through contaminated food and contaminated drinking or bathing water. There is currently no drug therapy for the hepatitis A virus. In most cases, bed rest treatment is recommended. (vb)

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Video: CDC COCA Call - Hepatitis A Outbreaks in Multiple States: CDC Recommendations and Guidance (August 2022).