Oakland County health officials have confirmed a case of hepatitis A at a restaurant in Novi.

Guests who ate at a Red Lobster in the 27700 block of Novi Road between Jan. 14 - Feb. 14 may have been exposed to the liver infection since an employee was diagnosed as having contracted it, the Oakland County Health Division reported Friday.

“Vaccination can prevent the disease if given within 14 days after potential exposure,” said Kathy Forzley, director of health and human services for Oakland County. “If you have eaten at this location during these dates and have not been vaccinated for hepatitis A or have a sudden onset of any symptoms, contact your doctor.”

Symptoms can include sudden abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, headache, dark urine, and/or vomiting often followed by yellowing of the skin and eyes. Symptoms can appear from 14-50 days after exposure, but average about one month, health officials said.

“Michigan is experiencing a serious hepatitis A outbreak. Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months,” said Dr. Pamela Hackert, medical director for the Health Division. “Hepatitis A is contagious but preventable with vaccination, good hygiene, and proper sanitation of surfaces.”

Oakland County Health Division’s Nurse on Call phone line is open from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. Saturday and Monday to answer any questions. For information call (800) 848-5533 or email

The health division also has scheduled to two special hepatitis A vaccine clinics from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday at the North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 34 East, Pontiac; and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday at 1010 E. West Maple Road in Walled Lake.

Vaccines also are available at both Health Division offices: North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 34 East, Pontiac, and South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield

Regular clinic hours are Mondays, noon – 8 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Pontiac and Southfield clinics will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19 in observance of President’s Day.

The hepatitis A vaccine includes two doses, given six months apart, and costs $36 per adult dose. If

The Health Division participates in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program offering free vaccines for eligible children up to age 18.

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