Australia warns of tomatoes and hepatitis A link

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Health authorities in Victoria, Australia have renewed their advice warning against eating uncooked semi-dried tomatoes following 23 new reported cases of hepatitis A.

Victoria’s chief health officer, Dr John Carnie, said 200 cases of hepatitis A have been reported this year compared to 74 last year.
A study of 50 of the notified cases, which appear to be largely confined to Victoria, shows a strong association between the illness and the consumption of semi-dried tomatoes, he said.

NSW health authorities have also issued a warning after three of the five people diagnosed with Hepatitis A since August were shown to have consumed the product.
Hepatitis A is spread when traces of faecal matter containing the virus contaminates hands, objects, water or food and is then taken in by mouth.

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