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#1 of 4 Old 06-04-2013, 09:46 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My whole family just got back from vacation in Hawaii only to find a message from the CDC on our answering machine about the outbreak of Hepatitis A. We found out today that we bought and ate a whole bag of the berries from Costco. They were found to be bad at the Costco we shopped at during the time frame that we bought them, then pulled off the shelves. We are a non vaccinating family and wondering if anyone has advise for us. Also is it possible to get symptoms before 14 days after exposure? Because I got a unusual bout of diarrhea and abdominal discomfort at the end of our stay. How do we keep this to our family only? Do we need to quarantine ourselves if we don't get vaccinated and for how long? How can we reduce the symptoms if we get it?
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Also I may have conceived well we were there and need to research more on the effects of hepatitis B on pregnancy.
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Would you consider blood tests to confirm or rule out infection?  The tests are very good and accurate, and might offer peace of mind either way.

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My husband's Dad went to the doctor today for tests and his Doctor said everyone nowadays has it in there blood. The Doctor said if he tested him a month before he was exposed he would have tested positive. But I'm not worried anymore. Talked to three people that were doctors or nurses and they all said the same thing: just wait it out- you most likely won't get it unless your immune system is very compromised. It's spreads from bodily fluids and insanitary conditions so we are taking extra precaution in those areas.
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