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Sask. Health Authority warns of possible hepatitis A exposure at Saskatoon pharmacy

Sask. Health Authority warns of possible hepatitis A exposure at Saskatoon pharmacy

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is warning the public about possible exposure to hepatitis A at a drugstore in Saskatoon.

The SHA said in a statement Thursday that anyone who purchased food and beverages at the Shoppers Drug Mart in The Centre Mall at the corner of Circle and Eighth Street East between Feb. 27 and March 19 may have been exposed to the virus.

According to SHA, anyone who purchased items and did not use the self-checkout during the listed dates should contact HealthLine 811 for instructions.

People who have been exposed to hepatitis A in the past 14 days may be eligible for a hepatitis A vaccine to reduce their risk of contracting the disease.

Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by a virus that is spread by ingesting something contaminated with the feces of someone who has the disease.

According to the health authority, although the risk of transmission is low, hepatitis is a serious disease.

Symptoms include loss of appetite, dark urine, pale stools, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It can also cause jaundice, which gives the whites of the eyes and skin a yellow tinge. Serious complications can also include liver failure and death.

Exposure to hepatitis A may have occurred during the following periods:

  • Tuesday, February 27 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM CST.

  • Wednesday, February 28 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM CST.

  • Thursday, February 29 from 3:45pm to 12:15am CST.

  • Friday, March 1 from 3:45pm to 12:15am CST.

  • Monday, March 4 from 11:00am – 7:00pm CST.

  • Tuesday, March 5 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM CST.

  • Tuesday, March 12 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM CST.

  • Friday, March 15 from 4:00 PM to 12:15 AM CST.

  • Monday, March 18 from 11:00am – 7:00pm CST.

  • Tuesday, March 19 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM CST.

People who are infected can still spread the virus even if they do not show symptoms. Hepatitis A can be prevented through vaccination, the SHA said.

More information about the disease or the vaccine can be found on the health authority’s website.