DETROIT - The state Health Department is asking health care providers and other agencies for help stopping an ongoing outbreak of Hepatitis A in Southeast Michigan.
Over the past year, there have been nearly 200 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A in Detroit, Macomb County, Oakland County, St. Clair County and Wayne County. It marks a tenfold increase over the same period a year ago.
The outbreak has led to 10 deaths, and 90 percent of affected people have been hospitalized.
Hepatitis A is caused by a virus that infects the liver, causing a fever, nausea, appetite loss, abdominal pain and fatigue. It can progress to jaundice, which shows up as a yellowing of the white of the eyes and uncommonly dark urine.
A key message is that in the outbreak, the spread seems to be through drug use, sexual contact and close household contact with an infected person.
Anyone exposed to Hepatitis A should get vaccinated immediately to prevent infection, doctors said.
For the full message from the Health Department, watch the video posted above.
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