An individual who worked at West Bloomfield High School during an April event has been confirmed with hepatitis A, according to the Oakland County Health Division. 

The server worked at the high school's "Starving Artist Luncheon" on April 21. The department advises those who attended the luncheon to get the vaccine by May 5, if they have not been vaccinated, or contact their doctor if they have any of the following symptoms: abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dark urine, clay-colored stool, fever, chills, yellow skin and eyes (jaundice).

“Vaccination can prevent the disease if given within 14 days after potential exposure,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for the Health Division, in a press release. “If you attended this event and have not been vaccinated for hepatitis A or have a sudden onset of any symptoms, contact your doctor.”

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

Since Aug. 1, 2016, Michigan has seen 821 confirmed cases of hepatitis A, including 25 fatalities and 662 hospitalizations in southeast Michgian, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

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