Hep A confirmed in Southgate restaurant worker
Wayne County health officials said Wednesday they've confirmed a case of hepatitis A in a worker at a Southgate coney island.
They are advising patrons of the Downriver Coney Island on Eureka Road near Trenton Road who consumed food at the restaurant between Jan. 2 and Jan. 14 to watch for symptoms of hepatitis A.
"This individual had limited food handling responsibilities and shifts during the exposure period," they said in a statement. "The owners took immediate action by having all staff members receive the vaccine between Jan. 23 and Jan. 24, 2018."
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that is caused by a virus. The disease can range from a mild illness to a severe sickness that can last several months. Symptoms can appear similar to the flu as well as yellow-colored eyes and skin as well as dark urine.
A person can get the virus by eating contaminated food, drinking contaminated water, or by having sex with someone who has been infected or by living with an infected person.
Since Aug. 1, 2016, Michigan has seen 692 confirmed cases of hepatitis A, including 22 fatalities, in Detroit as well as Huron, Ingham, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.