Hepatitis victim remembered; dead from contaminated frozen fruit

Australian woman’s death linked to hepatitis from pomegranate seeds

Mark Lieber, CNN | A 64-year-old woman in Australia died after contracting hepatitis A linked to frozen pomegranate seeds, according to local health officials.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver that is commonly spread when people eat or drink something contaminated with fecal matter.

The infection is usually mild and resolves within a few weeks but can be more serious, particularly in older adults or those with chronic liver disease, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Women’s death from Hep A linked to frozen pomegranate seeds recalled two months ago

“This is a rare and tragic case and I offer my sincere condolences to the woman’s family,” South Australia Chief Medical Officer Paddy Phillips said in a news release.

“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,” he added.

The death comes two months after an initial recall of 180-gram bags of Creative Gourmet frozen pomegranate seeds by health officials in Australia. A reminder was issued May 8, warning people that the product was linked to an outbreak of hepatitis A in New South Wales.

There have been at least 24 cases of hepatitis A in Australia linked to the pomegranate seeds, according to the statement.

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

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