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Confirmed case of hepatitis A found in Grosse Pointe Woods restaurant worker

Hepatitis A confirmed in worker at Champs Rotisserie and Spirits

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GROSSE POINTE WOODS, Mich. – Health officials are warning the public of possible hepatitis A exposure at a restaurant in Grosse Pointe Woods after a case was confirmed in a worker.

The Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness confirmed a case of hepatitis A in a worker at Champs Rotisserie and Spirits located at 20515 Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Woods.

The restaurant is working with officials to schedule an employee vaccine clinic. The person is not currently working and is receiving medical care.

Anyone who ate at the restaurant between Oct. 10-30 should watch for symptoms of hepatitis A, which can include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dark urine, clay colored stool, fever, chills, yellow skin and eyes (jaundice), officials said.

Symptoms occur between 15 and 50 days after exposure and can last for several weeks to months, health experts said.

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable disease. If given within 14 days of exposure, Hepatitis A vaccine or immunoglobulin can prevent illness. Anyone who ate at the restaurant during the impacted time period should be vaccinated by Nov. 13, officials said.

Pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems and anyone with liver disease should contact health care providers regarding the need for both hepatitis A immunoglobulin and vaccine.

Exposed children younger than 1 should receive hepatitis A Ig.

More than 480 cases of Hepatitis A have been linked to the regional outbreak in Southeast Michigan since Aug. 1, 2016. Hepatitis A is spread through contaminated food or water, or close personal contact with an infected person.

The best way to prevent the spread of Hepatitis A is:

  • Always wash your hands with soap and water after using the bathroom or changing a
  • diaper
  • Thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water during food preparation and before eating food
  • Avoiding undercooked or raw shellfish
  • Not preparing food for others if you are ill
  • Getting your Hepatitis A vaccine