Michigan Hepatitis A Outbreak Update

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Michigan Hepatitis A Outbreak Update

The hepatitis A outbreak is still occurring in Michigan with new cases identified and reported every week.  There have been over 850 outbreak related cases since August 2016.  With fair and festival season in full swing, hepatitis A should not be part of the experience.  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) wants to remind everyone it is important to stay vigilant and help prevent the spread of hepatitis A.  The best way to prevent hepatitis A is to get vaccinated.  Vaccines are available from a healthcare provider or local health department and for some individuals at little or no cost.  They may even be available at some fair and festival locations. 

MDHHS and local health departments are continuing additional outreach and vaccination efforts on the following high-risk groups:

  • Persons who are in transient living conditions or experiencing homelessness
  • Persons who are incarcerated
  • Persons who use injection and non-injection illegal drugs
  • Persons who work with the high-risk populations listed above
  • Persons who have close contact, care for, or live with someone who has hepatitis A
  • Persons who have sexual activities with someone who has hepatitis A
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Travelers to countries with high or medium rates of hepatitis A
  • Persons with chronic liver disease, such as cirrhosis, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C
  • Persons with clotting factor disorders

Things you can do to prevent the spread of hepatitis A:

  • Get vaccinated against hepatitis A
  • Wash your hands after using the restroom and before eating or preparing meals for yourself or others
  • 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
  • If you think you may have hepatitis A, see your medical provider
  • If you have hepatitis A, cooperate with your local public health to help protect others

Don’t let hepatitis A spoil summer fun.  For more information on hepatitis A in Michigan, check out the Michigan Hepatitis A Outbreak website.  There are also free resources that can be used for posting and distribution.