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Worker At Woodhaven Pizzeria Latest Confirmed Case Of Hepatitis A

Over 800 cases have been confirmed in Michigan since 2016.

May 17, 2018 - 4:45 pm

WOODHAVEN (WWJ) - An employee at a Woodhaven pizza restaurant is the latest person to have a confirmed case of hepatitis A. 

The Wayne County Health Department telling WWJ that at worker at MOD Pizza on Allen Road has been diagnosed with hep A -- an infection of the liver caused by a contagious virus. 

Health officials are advising people who consumed food from MOD between April 28 and May 12, 2018 (the exposure period) to watch for symptoms of hepatitis A which 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. 

People who ate food or drank beverages from MOD Pizza can get the vaccine by Saturday, May 26, to prevent getting the disease.

Wayne County Health is recommending that unvaccinated individuals obtain immunization to protect against future exposures. The pizzeria was inspected by officials today and is open for business.

The virus is shed in feces and is most commonly spread from person to person by unclean hands contaminated with feces.

“Vaccination can prevent the disease if given within 14 days after potential exposure,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for the Health Division telling WWJ after a student at West Bloomfield High School was confirmed to have hep A. 

Health officials say more than 800 cases of hep A have been confirmed in Michigan since August of 2016.

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.