Ahuntsic-Cartierville |  Bakery customers may have hepatitis A

Ahuntsic-Cartierville | Bakery customers may have hepatitis A

Public health calls for vigilance: people who consumed products from Boulangerie Baladi on rue de Salaberry in Ahuntsic-Cartierville may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus.

Posted at 4:23pm

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Although this risk of transmission appears “low” at the moment, the regional health agency (DRSP) confirms that citizens who are not vaccinated against the infection bought products at this store at 2485 rue de Salaberry between August 17 and 30 , should be vaccinated.

If this is your case, quickly contact the CLSC d’Ahuntsic at 514-384-2000 ext. 8302 to schedule an appointment for a hepatitis A vaccine. “This vaccination is offered free of charge,” Public Health assures, although he says he brought his health insurance card and vaccination card with him.

For people who are sufficiently vaccinated against hepatitis A or who have had the disease in the past, “the consumption of food does not pose a risk,” the health authorities specify.

They also recommend affected citizens to “monitor the onset of symptoms of hepatitis” by October 19, i.e. loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fever, general malaise or still tired. If necessary, consult a doctor quickly.

Remember that hepatitis A is an infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver. In the elderly, people with chronic liver disease, and those with compromised immune systems, this can have serious consequences. The virus is usually transmitted by ingesting the virus present in water, food, drink, or on contaminated items. The infection can also be transmitted through sexual intercourse with an infected person.

“Most preschoolers have no symptoms or have mild illness. Those infected usually recover in less than 2 months without complications or sequelae,” finally supports Public Health.