Ontario Deli Is Warning Customers That Contaminated Meat May Put Them At Risk Of Hepatitis

Public Health Sudbury is offering free vaccines starting today.
Sudbury Superstore Hepatitis A Warning Has Been Issued

If you ate at the Real Canadian Superstore in Sudbury recently, you might want to visit a doctor. Public health officials have issued a warning after two deli clerks at the supermarket chain have tested positive for hepatitis A. The Sudbury superstore hepatitis A risk is especially high if you ate there in the last month. The Superstore location is at 1485 Lasalle Blvd., in Sudbury, according to the news release. The main dates of concern are those between November 27, 2019, and January 2, 2020, according to Public Health Sudbury officials. 

The first case of an infected deli clerk was reported on December 16, 2019. The second one was discovered only a few days ago, on January 1. Both clerks handled only deli food and did not handle food from anywhere else in the store. 

“With the report of this new case, the time period for potential exposure to hepatitis A through eating the clerk-served deli meat or cheese, or meat and cheese from prepared deli trays has been extended,” said Dr. Ariella Zbar, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Public Health Sudbury & Districts."Clerk-served" food refers to unpackaged food that is sold to customers upon request. It is packaged on the spot, which means the clerk has come into contact with it. 

Any food purchased during this time frame should be thrown out and is under no circumstances to be eaten. "Anyone who ate the affected food purchased from Nov. 27 to Jan. 2 should monitor their health, and if they ate the food in the last 14 days, they should get vaccinated.," Dr. Ariella Zbar told CTV News. "People who already received their vaccination do not need to be revaccinated. They are protected."

Public Health Sudbury is offering free walk-in vaccines to anyone who was served at the deli and thinks they might be infected. According to the most recent news release, residents can go to the Public Health Sudbury's main office at 1300 Paris St. between January 3 and 5. No appointments will be required and the vaccine will be totally free.

According to the news release, symptoms of hepatitis A can begin anywhere from 15 to 50 days after becoming infected. It is also possible to become infected and show no signs. 

So far, there is no evidence than anyone has been infected.  

In November, a dental clinic had to send out an advisory for possible HIV and hepatitis infection to its clients. Patients were encouraged to get tested after it was discovered the clinic had been using dirty tools. 

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