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Hepatitis A – Pontiac Red Lobster

Officials with Oakland County Health Division in Pontiac, Michigan, are confirming a case of hepatitis A in a Novi, Michigan, Red Lobster employee and are urging anyone who ate at the restaurant in the past several weeks to seek medical care at once.

The employee worked at the Red Lobster located at 27760 Novi Road. Anyone who ate there from January 14, 2018 through February 14, 2018 may have been exposed. Division director Kathy Forzley said in an agency press release that vaccination can prevent the infection if it’s given shortly after exposure. Her agency hosted a vaccination clinic Saturday in Pontiac and is hosting another one today in Walled Lake.

Your doctor, and possibly even your local pharmacy, may also be able to provide the vaccine. Before just showing up at your corner drugstore, though, officials say you should call ahead to be sure the vaccine is available.

And, of course, North Oakland Health Center in Pontiac and South Oakland Health Center in Southfield will also have it, though both clinics will be closed today.

Those addresses are:

  • North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 34 East, Pontiac
  • South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield

This case may be part of what is being characterized as a “serious hepatitis outbreak” in Michigan.  It began in August 2016 and has affected 751 people, as of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ latest update. Of the 751 confirmed cases, 81% have required hospitalization. At last count, 25 people in the state have died.

The infection, which is a virus, is most often spread from an infected person with unclean hands, such as when someone fails to practice good bathroom hygiene.

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