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The London-area health unit is holding two hepatitis A vaccination clinics after a national outbreak linked to frozen mangoes.

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Free Press staff The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a recall for some frozen mango products following an outbreak of hepatitis A. The Middlesex-London Health Unit is offering two clinics this week for people who have consumed the products in the last 14 days. (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a recall for some frozen mango products following an outbreak of hepatitis A. The Middlesex-London Health Unit is offering two clinics this week for people who have consumed the products in the last 14 days. (Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

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The London-area health unit is holding two hepatitis A vaccination clinics after a national outbreak linked to frozen mangoes.

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The Middlesex-London Health Unit is offering free hep A vaccines Friday and Saturday to people who recently ate any of the frozen fruit that has been recalled.

“It’s important that anyone who has consumed these products over the last two weeks attends one of our clinics . . . (to) get the protection they need to prevent hepatitis A,” medical officer of health Chris Mackie said in a release Wednesday.

“The vaccine can prevent the onset of hepatitis symptoms and infections, but only if it is given in the 14 days following an exposure.”

No local cases have been linked to the recalled mangoes, the health unit said.

The hep A vaccination clinics will be held at the health unit’s Citi Plaza headquarters at 355 Wellington St. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

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Hepatitis A is a viral liver infection that can be transmitted via contaminated food and water or close contact with an infected person.

Many people who contract the virus may not feel ill. For those who do, common symptoms include fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain and fever. Some patients may suffer severe illness that may last months.

The Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Health Canada and provincial public health departments are involved in the outbreak probe.

Since the outbreak was declared July 31, two hep A infections linked to the recalled mangoes were reported in Quebec and one in Nova Scotia. No hospitalizations or deaths have been reported.

The CFIA issued a recall July 30 for the following frozen mango products:

  • Nature’s Touch, two-kilogram bags, with best before date of Nov. 9, 2022
  • Compliments Mango Mania brand, 600-gram packages, best before Nov. 10 and Dec. 18, 2022
  • Irresistibles Mango Chunks, 600 grams, best before Nov. 10, 2022
  • President’s Choice Mango Chunks, 600 grams, best before Nov. 6 and 10, 2022

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