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Health alert – Hepatitis A warning in Victoria

Date issued: 5 May 2023

Issued by: Dr Christian McGrath, Acting Chief Health Officer

Issued to: Health professionals and the Victorian community

Key messages

  • People who have consumed food from Creatures of Habit café in Springvale are advised to be aware of the symptoms of hepatitis A infection following the identification of two cases linked to the café.
  • There is a risk of locally acquired cases of hepatitis A presenting in the coming weeks.
  • Anyone who has eaten food purchased from the restaurant between 25 March and 8 April 2023 should monitor for symptoms for up to 50 days from exposure and seek urgent medical attention if unwell.
  • Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. Symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea, fever and stomach pains, followed by dark urine, pale stools and jaundice.
  • Hand washing and good hygiene practices are important to prevent transmission of hepatitis A.
  • Hepatitis A is an ‘urgent’ notifiable condition and must be notified by medical practitioners and pathology services immediately by telephone upon initial diagnosis (presumptive or confirmed).
  • Read the full alert: Hepatitis A warning in Victoria

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