GENERIC: Hepatitis A

The Oakland County Health Division is warning people about potential exposure to hepatitis A.

A person who worked at West Bloomfield High School’s “Starving Arts Luncheon” on April 21 has a confirmed case of the disease, according to officials.

They advise anyone who attended the luncheon to get a hepatitis A vaccine by May 5 if they have not been vaccinated, or to contact their doctor if they have a sudden onset of symptoms.

“Vaccination can prevent the disease if given within 14 days after potential exposure,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for the Health Division. “If you attended this event and have not been vaccinated for hepatitis A or have a sudden onset of any symptoms, contact your doctor.”

Symptoms for hepatitis A include: fatigue, sudden nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain or discomfort, clay-colored bowel movements, loss of appetite, low-grade fever, dark urine, joint pain, yellowing of the skin and whites of your eyes, and intense itching.

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