Hepatitis A Exposure Site Identified at the Ivy Lounge in Michigan
Clarkston, Michigan – The Ivy Lounge at Pine Knob Music Theatre has been identified as an exposure site for hepatitis A, a contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Health officials have issued a warning to individuals who consumed food at the Ivy Lounge between August 26 and September 8 to watch for symptoms and get vaccinated for hepatitis A as soon as possible.
Hepatitis A is primarily spread through contaminated food or drink. The virus can be found in the stool and blood of infected individuals, making it easy to spread without knowledge. Symptoms of hepatitis A include nausea, vomiting, belly pain, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, yellowing of the skin and eyes, dark urine, pale-colored feces, and joint pain.
While hepatitis A is typically a short-term infection, hepatitis B and C can cause chronic diseases and long-term liver problems. It is important for individuals who may have been exposed to monitor their health and seek medical attention if symptoms develop.
Michigan has been experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak since August 2016, with over 920 cases, 738 hospitalizations, and 30 deaths reported so far. While the state is no longer considered to be in a statewide outbreak, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services continues to monitor hepatitis A activity.
In an effort to control the spread of the virus, Michigan residents aged 18 and older are encouraged to check their vaccination status through the Michigan Immunization Portal. Vaccination is a crucial step to protect against hepatitis A and prevent further outbreaks.
The Ivy Lounge outbreak serves as a reminder of the importance of food safety and the need for proper vaccination. Public health officials are working diligently to address the ongoing hepatitis A situation in Michigan, but it is paramount for individuals to take necessary precautions and get vaccinated if they believe they may have been exposed.
For the latest updates on hepatitis A and vaccination information, residents can visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website. Stay safe, stay informed, and protect your health.
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