Increase in Hepatitis A cases in southeast Michigan

Published: Mar. 27, 2017 at 3:48 PM EDT
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A warning to parents - public health officials in southeast Michigan are seeing an increase in the number of hepatitis A cases.

It's not known why at this time, but the good news is you can get vaccinated for it.

Mark Valacak, with the Genesee County Health Department, says most of the cases are in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. With that said, it's still very easy for something like that to travel north into Mid-Michigan.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver. Some of the common symptoms include loss of appetite, abdominal pain, nausea and yellowing of the skin.

Valacak says your best bet is to play it safe and make sure you're up to date on your vaccines.

“It's transmitted by the fecal-oral route, so you want to make sure you're washing your hands properly after going to the bathroom and that's one way of transmitting. Also, if you change diapers, make sure you wash your hands properly,” he said.

So far, there have been 107 cases in the Metro Detroit area since last August - three of those were in Genesee County.