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Confirmed Case Of Hepatitis A At Michigan Renaissance Festival

September 13, 2018 - 8:16 pm

HOLLY (WWJ) -  Oakland County Health officials are warning attendees of the Michigan Renaissance Festival about a confirmed case of hepatitis A. 

The Oakland County Health Division was alerted Thursday evening that an attendee of the festival in Holly has a confirmed case of hepatitis A and was ill while attending the festival on September 1.

It is strongly recommended that those attending and working the festival on September 1, September 2 and September 3 get a hepatitis A vaccine if they have not been vaccinated. 

Those who attended on:

  • September 1 can be protected if they receive vaccination by Saturday, September 15
  • September 2 can be protected if they receive vaccination by Sunday, September 16
  • September 3 can be protected if they receive vaccination by Monday, September 17

Anyone with symptoms is urged to call their doctor. 

Symptoms can include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dark urine, clay-colored stool, fever, chills, yellow skin and eyes (jaundice).

Hepatitis A symptoms occur between 15 and 50 days after exposure and can last for several weeks to months, occasionally it can be fatal.  The virus is shed in feces and is most commonly spread from person to person by unclean hands contaminated with feces.

To reduce the risk of contracting hepatitis A:

Get the hepatitis A vaccine.

Wash hands frequently, especially after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing and eating food. Rub hands vigorously with soap and warm running water for at least 20 seconds.

Clean and disinfect all surface areas, especially while someone in the household or workplace has symptoms. Particular care needs to be taken with areas such as toilets, sinks, trash, door knobs, and faucet handles.

Do not prepare food if you have symptoms and refrain from food preparation for at least three days after symptoms end.

Use your own towels, toothbrushes, and eating utensils

Do not have sex with someone who has hepatitis A infection

Do not share food, drinks, drugs, or smokes with other people

The vaccine is available through some healthcare providers and many pharmacies. Call ahead to ensure your provider or pharmacy has the vaccine available. Vaccines are available at both Health Division offices in Pontiac and Southfield at the following addresses:

• North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 34 East, Pontiac
• South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield

Clinic hours are Mondays, noon – 8 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pre-payment and registration are not available at these walk-in clinics.

More information from the Oakland County Health Division, a facts sheet is available here. Additional information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can be found HERE.