Second hepatitis A case linked to Nanna's frozen berries confirmed in NSW

Updated February 15, 2015 11:00:58

A second case of hepatitis A linked to Nanna's frozen mixed berries has been confirmed in New South Wales.

It follows the identification of three cases in Victoria linked to the same product.

The NSW Health department has issued a warning urging consumers not to eat the product with best-before dates up to and including November 22, 2016.

The department said it was not sure how many others may be affected given the berries are widely distributed and the potential for people to develop the disease in the coming weeks.

Dr Vicky Sheppeard from NSW Health's Communicable Diseases Branch said there were concerns because hepatitis-A was contagious.

"So far we've had two people that have confirmed hepatitis A, that in the weeks to months before they developed hepatitis A had consumed these berries and they're coming from different parts of the state, so we're concerned this might be a more widespread problem," said Dr Sheppeard.

Dr Sheppeard said NSW Health were expecting more cases to arise.

"The incubation period for hepatitis A is between two and seven weeks, so at this stage it's an early stage of the investigation and we're still gathering information about how much of the product is in NSW homes but potentially we will be seeing more cases in the coming weeks," said Dr Sheppeard.

Dr Sheppeard said it was important people could identify symptoms early enough to help prevent the disease spreading.

The early symptoms of hepatitis A include a fever, loss of appetite and nausea.

These symptoms develop over several days to a week before more advanced signs of the disease start to emerge, including jaundice which is noticed by yellowed skin and yellow eye balls, or dark urine and pale stools.

"It's quite infectious and readily spread from person to person, that's why its important people are aware of it now so that if they are in the early stages of the illness they can take steps to prevent spreading it to others," said Dr Sheppeard.

The frozen mixed berries are sold mainly in Woolworths, Coles and IGA supermarkets.

Hepatitis A is spread when traces of faecal matter containing the virus contaminate hands, objects, water or food.

Topics:food-poisoning, food-safety, diseases-and-disorders, health, nsw

First posted February 15, 2015 10:06:13

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Updated February 15, 2015 10:22:19

At least 400,000 people have lined the streets of Perth for a second day to watch twogiant marionettes walk through the city as part of the International Arts Festival.

The six-metre tall little girl giant continued her search for a second giant, an 11-metre tall deep sea diver who had been resting outside the Perth train station.

On Saturday, he arose from his slumber and also began roaming the streets.

At one point he stopped and appeared to take a drink from a fire truck.

The two figures are due to meet on Sunday at Langley Park and leave on a barge on the Swan River.

The performance, The Incredible and Phenomenal Journey of the Giants, attracted an estimated 180,000 people to the city on Friday.

Crowds began pouring into the CBD from early this morning and people were standing 10-deep in some parts of the city.

A festival spokeswoman said 400,000 people had watched the performance on Saturday morning.

The little girl giant is operated by a team of 25 people pulling strings to make her limbs move.

As she moved along she performed a series of gymnastic moves, before arriving at Weld Square in Northbridge where she was due to have a four-hour nap.

Festival artistic director Jonathan Holloway said he had been "blown away" by how people had responded to the giants.

"The audiences have just been amazing ... obviously the girl is wonderful," he said.

He said the audience reaction had been "unbelievably good .... people are energised, they're excited".

Transperth spokesman David Hynes said trains had been at capacity between 8:00am and 11:00am, with many people at inner-city stations unable to board.

He said extra services and carriages had been put on, and an estimated 18,000 people an hour had travelled by train into the city during that time.

"We did have a few issues earlier - it would seem that people left it a bit late trying to get in to see the diver giant," he said.

"I don't think anyone was expecting such a crush this morning, but that's been resolved now, although numbers are still heavy."

Yesterday the girl travelled several city blocks before resting in a deck chair at Wellington Square and reading from a giant book.

The $5 million event is expected to draw in more than one million people over three days.

Information on finding and following The Giants is at Perth Festival website.

Topics:street-art, performance-art, perth-6000

First posted February 14, 2015 13:12:44

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