May 4, 2017 -The Hawaii Health Department announced that ahi poke sold at multiple grocery stores and eateries on Oahu may have been contaminated with Hepatitis A. Customers who ate the product and are not vaccinated for Hepatitis A are urged to contact a doctor.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A infection include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, diarrhea, and yellow skin and eyes. Hepatitis A vaccines are available at all Urgent Care Hawaii clinics.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus which spreads from infected food or water.
In August 2016, there was an outbreak of hepatitis A which sickened hundreds of Hawaii residents. The State of Hawaii Department of Health recently announced that more than 90,000 doses were administered during the crisis.
Though one dose provides good protection, two doses of the vaccine are necessary for nearly 100 percent protection. If people received their first dose during the recent outbreak, it is best to receive the second dose at least six months after the first one was administered.
Please call your healthcare provider or Urgent Care Hawaii to receive your second dose. Please provide documentation of your first dose to the doctor.
Pani Shoja, MD
Urgent Care Hawaii
About Urgent Care Hawaii: Urgent Care Hawaii medical clinics provide immediate and urgent medical care on Oahu for Pearl City, Honolulu, Waikiki, Waipahu, Aiea, Kapolei, Kunia, Waipio, Makakilo, Halawa, Mililani, Kailua and Ewa Beach. The clinics provide quick and affordable options for people needing immediate medical care and treatment for common or everyday health problems seven days a week – no appointments are necessary. The Pearl City location is certified by The Urgent Care Association of America and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii.
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1245 Kuala St., Pearl City, HI 96782
Office: (831) 920-2759
Cell/Text: (831) 521-8608