GENERIC: Hepatitis A

Michigan is battling an outbreak of hepatitis A, and now health officials are warning residents after a new case popped up in Mid-Michigan.

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus. It is usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water.

Symptoms of hepatitis A including fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, and jaundice.

The state has tracked more than 830 cases of the condition during the past two years.

On Wednesday, the Genesee County Health Department issued a public health advisory after a cash was confirmed at a restaurant in Fenton.

Eight other cases have occurred in Isabella County where there will be a series of walk-in vaccination clinics.

They start Thursday and run each Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Central Michigan District Health Department in Mt. Pleasant.

Be sure to check with your insurer to see if it covers immunizations.

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