MI continues to battle hepatitis A outbreak - WNEM TV 5

MI continues to battle hepatitis A outbreak

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MID-MICHIGAN (WNEM) -

The state of Michigan is continuing its battle to control the spread of hepatitis A.

With more than 830 cases and 27 deaths reported since August 2016, the Detroit Free Press reports it's the biggest outbreak in the nation.

The outbreak is reaching Mid-Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports as many as 19 cases in Genesee County. There have also been eight in Isabella County, seven in Lapeer County, six in Sanilac County and one case each in Bay, Clare, Huron and Midland County.

You can get hepatitis A from contaminated food and water, having sex with or just living with an infected person.

It can cause liver inflammation, and in some extreme cases - liver failure.

The health department recommends washing your hands and getting vaccinated to prevent the spread.

Symptoms include nausea and vomiting, fever, loss of appetite, joint pain and the yellowing of skin and eyes.

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