Adrian, MICHIGAN (WTVG) - The Lenawee County Health Department has a confirmed case of hepatitis A.
A Lenawee County resident tested positive for Hepatitis A. It is believed to be linked to an outbreak in southeast Michigan.
The health department says the individual is not considered to be at high risk of spreading the disease to other people.
The hepatitis A virus is a contagious liver disease most commonly spread by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with
feces or by oral contact with contaminated objects.
Most infections result from contact with an infected household member
or sex partners. It is not spread through coughing or sneezing.
Hepatitis A can range from mild to serious, lasting a few weeks to several months. Anyone who has hepatitis A can spread the
virus to others starting 1-2 weeks prior to symptoms appearing.
Symptoms may include fatigue, abdominal pain, nausea/
vomiting,fever, yellow skin (jaundice), dark urine, pale stool and joint pain. Some people have no symptoms.
The Lenawee County Health Department and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services encourage anyone concerned about
potential exposure to speak with their health care provider, pharmacist or the health department as soon as possible.
Vaccination is strongly encouraged for all eligible individuals, as multiple counties in southeast Michigan have seen outbreaks of hepatitis A in recent months. Children ages 1 through 18 should receive the vaccine as part of the routine vaccination schedule.
The vaccine has been available since 1996, but it did not become a routine recommendation for children until 2006. If you are unsure of your vaccination status, please contact your healthcare provider or the health department at 517-264-5226 (option 2).