Hepatitis A outbreak associated with consumption of dates, England and Wales, January 2021 to April 2021

Tatiana Garcia Vilaplana, David Leeman, Koye Balogun, Siew Lin Ngui, Emily-Rose Phipps, Wazirzada M. Khan, Incident Team, Uthayasoori Balasegaram, Arwen Burns, Ben Sims, Charles Irish, Claire Bradshaw, Djamel Hamadache, Eleanor Blakey, James McCreadie, Jay Gordon, Joanne Freedman, Julia Heywood, Karthikeyan Paranthaman, Lisa KenneyLucinda Slater, Maha O. Saeed, Miranda Mindlin, Mona Dave, Nalini Iyanger, Neil MacDonald, Peter Lamb, Polly Ashmore, Rachel Pudney, Rebecca Green, Rebecca Hams, Robert Smith, Samreen Ijaz, Sarah White, Sophie Nash, Amélie Kergozien, Anthony J. Wilson, Carol Stocker, Caroline Handford, Sriram Balasingam, Tina Potter

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Abstract

We report a national hepatitis A virus (HAV) outbreak linked to the consumption of Medjool dates. Twenty-nine cases of three genetically related sequences have been identified. Epidemiological investigations identified a suspected product (adjusted odds ratio: 47.36; 95% confidence interval: 1.79-1,256.07; p=0.021). Microbiological testing has confirmed the presence of HAV on dates recovered from two cases and the product has been recalled. Date consumption is currently likely to be increased in connection with Ramadan, with potential ongoing contamination risk.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2100432
JournalEurosurveillance
Volume26
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2021

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