Yarram Hepatitis warning

CUSTOMERS of a Yarram supermarket have been warned about the symptoms of Hepatitis A following a case linked to the premises after Anzac Day and before June 9.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Charles Guest said a food handler at Foodworks in Yarram had been diagnosed with the illness after a trip to India, had taken leave and not returned to work.

“Anyone who has bought ready-to-eat foods from the supermarket, particularly cold meats, smallgoods and pre-prepared salads from the delicatessen should be aware of the signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A,” he said.

“Customers should dispose of recently purchased food, fruit and vegetables should also be discarded.

“Based on the incubation of this virus, we could see additional cases during the coming weeks,” Professor Guest said.

The symptoms of Hepatitis A are fever, nausea, vomiting and abdominal discomfort, dark urine, yellow skin and eyes.

The store’s facilities have been thoroughly sterilized and inspected by health authorities with all fresh produce now assessed as safe.