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Hepatitis A: Southeast Michigan Outbreak

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Hepatitis A Outbreak

The Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD) now included in the Hepatitis A outbreak in Southeast Michigan.  

  • About: Hepatitis A is a contagious, but vaccine-preventable liver disease that is a result of infection with the Hepatitis A virus. It is often spread when a person ingests fecal matter from food or water contaminated with infected feces.
  • Symptoms include:
    • Fatigue
    • Fever
    • Loss of appetite and/or nausea
    • Abdominal pain
    • Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin)
    • Abnormal liver tests
    • Dark urine
    • Pale stool
    • Joint pain
  • Illness:
    • Onset of Illness is within 15 to 50 days of exposure to virus, with average incubation of 28-30 days. 
    • Most cases recover completely with a life-long immunity. However in rare cases, specifically affecting older patients or those who already have liver disease, Hepatitis A infection can progress to liver failure and death. Persons with underlying liver conditions should be vaccinated.
  • Prevention:
    • Frequent hand washing with soap and warm water, especially after changing a diaper, using the bathroom, cleaning up stool, and before preparing food is the best way to help prevent the spread of Hepatitis A.
The best way to prevent Hepatitis A is by getting vaccinated.
 
Anyone who believes they have been exposed to Hepatitis A or who has symptoms noted above should contact their health care provider immediately. Vaccination with the Hepatitis A vaccine can decrease your risk of illness after exposure if given soon enough. The vaccine is available at Calhoun County Public Health Department or you may contact your health care provider.
 
For more information on Hepatitis A, visit www.michigan.gov/hepatitisaoutbreak.
 
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