The Hawaii Department of Health announced Tuesday that frozen ahi cubes distributed to a dozen grocery stores and food establishments on Oahu have tested positive for hepatitis A. The raw fish was imported from Indonesia by Tropic Fish Hawaii. It was used to prepare poke for the following vendors :
Times Supermarkets and Shima’s Supermarket:
GP Hawaiian Food Catering
The Da Crawfish and Crab Shack in Kapolei
Aloha Sushi near Honolulu International Airport
ABC Stores outlet at 205 Lewers St. in Waikiki.
The product has been embargoed by the state, and health officials are working with the distributor and affected facilities to ensure proper sanitation and decontamination procedures.
The department said those who have been exposed to the product should monitor their symptoms — such as fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, diarrhea, and yellow skin and eyes — for up to 50 days.
Vaccines are available to protect against hepatitis A infection. Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all children older than age 1.
The vaccine begins to protect 4 weeks after you receive the first dose. A 6- to 12-month booster is required for long-term protection.
It generally takes two weeks for those infected to develop symptoms of hepatitis A, vaccination or immune globulin can still provide some protection against the disease for those who may have been exposed in the last week. While vaccination provides the best protection, frequent hand-washing with soap and water after using the bathroom, changing a diaper and before preparing food can help prevent the spread of hepatitis A.