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The Middlesex-London Health Unit is offering free hepatitis vaccination clinics, following the federal government’s declaration of an outbreak associated with frozen mangoes. 

Before the outbreak was declared on July 31, a recall was issued on July 30 for the following frozen mango products: 

  • Two-kilogram bags of Nature’s Touch frozen mangoes with a best before date of  November 9, 2022; 
  • 600-gram packages of Compliments Mango Mania with best before dates of November  10, 2022 and December 18, 2022; 
  • 600-gram packages of Irresistibles Mango Chunks, with a best before date of November  10, 2022; and, 
  • 600-gram packages of President’s Choice Mango Chunks with best before dates of  November 6, 2022 and November 10, 2022. 

The public is advised to immediately discard the products listed above. 

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The vaccine is being offered to anyone who may have consumed the products within the last 14 days. 

Clinics are taking place August 6 and 7, at the health unit’s Citi Plaza offices, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

It can take up to 50 days for hepatitis A symptoms to develop. According to a statement from the MLHU, those who may have eaten the affected product in the last 50 days, but not in the last two weeks, will not benefit from the vaccination. 

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“It’s important that anyone who has consumed these products over the last two weeks attends  one of our clinics being held Friday and Saturday, so they can get the protection they need to  prevent hepatitis A,” said Dr. Chris Mackie, medical officer of health with the MLHU. “The vaccine can prevent the onset of hepatitis symptoms and infections, but only if it is given in the 14 days following an exposure.” 

Individuals should contact their healthcare provider if symptoms develop, or reach out to the health unit for direction. 

Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus. It rarely results in long-term liver damage, but those living with chronic liver infections can be seriously affected. 

Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal discomfort and jaundice. Recovery can take four to six weeks, or sometimes months. Many infants and young children do not have symptoms, but the infection can be more serious in adults. 

The Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada and provincial public health partners are investigating the outbreak. Infections were first reported in Quebec and Nova Scotia. Findings to date show that exposure to frozen mangoes is likely the source. 

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