Health experts announced earlier this week that there is a hepatitis A risk related to the products at the Whole Foods Market in Detroit. Two patients were diagnosed with the condition, and, for the time being, these are the only cases. The hepatitis A risk is linked to the prepared foods originating from the brand.
One of the patients is a food handler working at Detroit’s Whole Foods Market. The other person diagnosed with the disease must have contacted the virus from the worker, as specialists suggest. They also believed that the patients hadn’t received appropriate vaccines to help them fight against the virus.
Authorities advise customers who consumed prepared foods from the market to go for a checkup at the doctor. The hepatitis A risk is related to foods served at the market within six days, from October 6 to October 12. So people who went to Whole Foods Market and consumed or bought prepared foods from there during this stated period are advised to see a doctor.
Officials from the Whole Foods Market declared that they had begun a series of tests to check the quality of their products. They also said that they took responsibility for the case of their employee, but claim that they had nothing to do with the second hepatitis A case.
According to heath specialists, there are three types of hepatitis, namely A, B, and C. The first type is extremely contagious, and this is why doctors believe that the second patient could have had contact with the employee at the Whole Foods Market and got infected with the virus. The infection can also enter the organism through contaminated water or food.
Hepatitis affects people’s liver. Patients experience fever, vomiting, yellow complexion, dark urine, nausea, and articulation pain. These symptoms could appear within fourteen days after exposure, or could not appear at all, as specialists explain. There are also cases when the symptoms develop even after six weeks.
There are special vaccines which can help patients prevent and fight the infection, which is caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Statistics point out that most of the patients recover from the disease and that the organism tends to heal itself. Ninety-nine percent of the cases show no long-term effects.
Doctors also recommend easy tasks that can prevent the risk of hepatitis A. As the virus can be spread through food, ingredients must always be washed and properly cooked. Washing your hands is equally important, as the health experts state.
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