HEPATITIS-A ADVISORY ISSUED

Apr 12, 2015

By Kim O'Hare

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The Toronto Board of Health has issued an advisory for anyone who may have consumed juice from the Big Carrot Natural Food Market on Danforth near Broadview recently.

People who’ve had fresh juice at The Big Carrot between March 17 and April 2 may have been exposed to hepatitis A.

“While the risk is low, individuals who consumed fresh organic juice from this food market during these dates should get a hepatitis A vaccination as soon as possible,” the health agency said in a news release.

An employee at the juice bar has a confirmed case of the hepatitis-A, according to Toronto Public Health.

The agency is holding  a free hepatitis A vaccine clinic from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday at the East York Civic Centre on Coxwell Avenue for those who might have had fresh juice between March 17 and April 2nd.  If you can`t make it to the clinic they suggest you see your GP.

The hepatitis A vaccine is most effective when received within 14 days of exposure.

Toronto Public Health is also asking people to monitor for signs and symptoms of hepatitis A. The symptoms include dizziness, fever, nausea and yellowish skin or eyes.

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