Hepatitis A has reared its ugly head in frozen berries again, this time in Ireland. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) have advised people to boil all imported frozen berries for at least 1 minute to kill the virus.
The source of the outbreak is as yet unknown, but has been linked to imported frozen berries. The virus has been confirmed as being the same strain recently found in Italy, also linked to imported frozen berries. The current Scandinavian Hepatitis A outbreak is a different strain.
Hepatitis A is a virus that infects the liver. The incubation period can range from 15 to 50 days and the symptoms usually last 2 weeks for a mild cause but could be months if more severe.