Woman Dies After Contracting Hepatitis A From Frozen Pomegranate

Product recalled in April

Woman Dies After Contracting Hepatitis A From Frozen Pomegranate SA Health

The death of a woman from South Australia has been linked to hepatitis A contracted from frozen pomegranate.

The Creative Gourmet frozen pomegranate packages were recalled in April, with SA Health advising again in May for anyone with the product in their freezer to throw it out.

The 64-year-old woman's death has been referred to the Coroner.

"This is a rare and tragic case and I offer my sincere condolences to the woman's family," SA Health chief medical officer and chief public health officer Professor Paddy Phillips said.

"The majority of people infected with hepatitis A recover fully and the woman's death is the only death linked to this recalled product nationally to date.

"The incubation period for hepatitis A is generally 15-50 days, so we don't anticipate further cases because the product was recalled two months ago.

"While we expect most people would have disposed of the recalled product, we urge everyone to double-check freezers and remove any affected products."

It is understood that 24 cases of hepatitis A have been contracted nationally which have been linked to this product.

Some symptoms of hepatitis A include vomiting, nausea, yellowing of the skin.

If anyone contracts these symptoms after eating the product mentioned above, they are urged to seek medical assistance.


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