The Oakland County Health Division in Pontiac, Michigan is advising anyone who ate at Papa Romano’s, located at 23926 W. Nine Mile Road and Telegraph in Southfield, between November 22, 2017 and November 26, 2017 to get a hepatitis A vaccine or to contact a doctor if they experience symptoms.
The advisory came in a press release issued yesterday. In the release, county health officials said that the agency has confirmed a case of hep-A in a restaurant employee. No information about the employee’s identity or health was provided.
“Vaccination can prevent the disease if given within 14 days after potential exposure,” says Leigh-Anne Stafford in the press release. Stafford is a health officer for Oakland County.
Officials are not speculating about whether or not this case is related to the hepatitis A outbreak currently ravaging Southeast Michigan. But they are asking all residents to get vaccinated, especially food workers and healthcare providers, and to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly. The vaccine is widely available and can even be given at some Michigan pharmacies.
In Pontiac and Southfield, the vaccine can also be administered at:
- North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 34 East, Pontiac
- South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield
You’ll need two doses; each costs $64. Your insurance may cover your cost. The agency says no one will be turned away due to an inability to pay.
At last count, the state had confirmed 555 hepatitis cases in the outbreak. More than 80% required hospitalization and 20 people have died so far.
Pizza photo by Igor Ovsyannyko on Unsplash
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