Saginaw County added to Michigan's Hepatitis A outbreak

A dose of the Hepatitis A outbreak.
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SAGINAW COUNTY (WJRT) (2/14/2018) - Saginaw County is the latest join the list of counties in Michigan's ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak.

Entering its 19th month, the outbreak is being blamed for 736 cases of Hepatitis A, 596 hospitalizations and 24 deaths as of Feb. 6.

Saginaw County has seen two Hepatitis A cases confirmed as part of the outbreak.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection that attacks the liver. The Hepatitis A virus transmitted most commonly through consuming contaminated food or water, during sex or just by living with an infected person.

Symptoms of Hepatitis A include nausea and vomiting, stomach pain, feeling tired, fever, loss of appetite, yellowing of the skin and eyes, dark urine, pale-colored feces and joint pain.

The easiest way to prevent a Hepatitis A infection is getting vaccinated. The Saginaw County Department of Public Health is offering Hepatitis A vaccinations at all health department immunization clinics and people may also check with their health care provider to receive the vaccine.

Health officials also recommend people wash their hands after going to the bathroom and before preparing meals.

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