An increased number of hepatitis A cases in Michigan

Millar Hill
By Millar Hill April 24, 2018 18:18

An increased number of hepatitis A cases in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is seeing a rise in the number of hepatitis A cases throughout the state.

In Michigan, there have been more than 800 reported cases, including 25 deaths.  Detroit alone has had more than 200 reported cases.

Public health officials are trying to increase awareness through public notification, education, outreach through vaccination clinics in high-risk areas throughout the state of Michigan.

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver disease. The virus is found in the feces of people who have hepatitis A. The virus can be transferred by consuming food and water, during sex or living with an infected person. The illness can appear 15-50 days after the initial exposure and a person can become sick for several weeks.

Symptoms of the virus include:

Nauseas and vomiting

Stomach pain

Tiredness

Loss of appetite

Dark urine

Yellowing of the skin

Joint pain

Those with a history of drug use (injection or non-injection) and homelessness are considered to be at a greater risk in this outbreak. The virus is preventable through a vaccine.

Millar Hill
By Millar Hill April 24, 2018 18:18

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