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Hepatitis A confirmed in Woodhaven pizzeria worker

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Hepatitis A has been confirmed in an employee of a pizzeria in Woodhaven, Wayne County health officials said Thursday.

The individual works at the MOD Pizza on Allen Road, they said.

Officials also said they have inspected the restaurant Thursday and it is open for business. They said the business is cooperating with health officials.

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 include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dark urine, fever, chills and jaundice. It can take weeks for the symptoms to show up.

Anyone who ate at the restaurant in the last couple of weeks and shows Hepatitis A symptoms should seek medical attention.

Anyone who has eaten at the restaurant in the last few weeks and has not been vaccinated for hepatitis A should get a vaccine.

Michigan is in the middle of a hepatitis A outbreak.

From Aug. 1, 2016, when the outbreak began, to May 9, 2018, there have been 833 cases of hepatitis A reported, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Of those cases, there have been 27 deaths and 668 hospitalizations in Michigan, according to state officials.

Macomb County has the most confirmed cases of hepatitis A in the state with 221. Wayne County has the third highest number of cases for Michigan counties with 142.