Public Health Situation - Hepatitis A
NHS Lanarkshire’s Department of Public Health along with North Lanarkshire Council Environmental Health and other agencies are investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A.
Investigations indicate a link to the JB Christie bakery in Airdrie and in line with public health guidance, environmental health and public health staff are carrying out further investigations.
While the risk of contracting an infection is low, as a precautionary measure, anyone who ate bakery products which were produced by JB Christie between Monday 20 March and Thursday 13 April and who experiences a flu-like illness, loss of appetite, nausea, fever, abdominal pains or jaundice (a yellowing of the eyes or skin), should contact their GP or, if out of hours, contact NHS24 on 111.
For information on hepatitis A, see more under ‘useful links’ and ‘useful documents’ on the right hand side of the page.
Hepatitis A Key Facts
- Hepatitis A is a viral infection which leads to inflammation of the liver and can cause mild to severe illness.
- The symptoms are generally a flu-like illness, loss of appetite, nausea, fever, abdominal pains or jaundice (a yellowing of the eyes or skin). The infection will clear with time and there are no long term effects.
- The infection can be caused by hand to mouth contact of something that has been contaminated by the faeces (stools) of someone with hepatitis A. This could be food or water or by putting the hands in the mouth. This is different from Hepatitis B or C which are blood borne viruses.
- Almost everyone recovers fully from hepatitis A with a lifelong immunity. A very small proportion of people infected with hepatitis A could develop serious complications.
- Hand washing is one of the most effective ways to combat the disease.