Hep A confirmed in worker at Plymouth breakfast spot
Plymouth — The Wayne County Health Department has confirmed a case of hepatitis A associated with an employee of a breakfast restaurant in Plymouth.
A food service worker at Omelette and Waffle Café at 580 Forest Avenue was diagnosed with hepatitis A and is receiving treatment, the health department said.
The restaurant was inspected on Tuesday and remains open for business while it works with the department on the investigation. Other staff members of Omelette and Waffle Café have been vaccinated, officials said.
Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable disease. If given within 14 days of exposure, the Hepatitis A vaccine or immunoglobulin can prevent illness.
Customers who consumed food or beverages from the restaurant between Aug. 17 and Sept. 4 should get vaccinated by Sept. 18 to prevent illness, the health department said.
The department will hold a vaccination clinic at Plymouth City Hall at 201 South Main Street from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Some individuals, including people who have a weakened immune system or liver disease, should talk with their doctor about getting immunoglobulin.
Those who ate at the establishment should watch for symptoms of hepatitis A, which include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dark urine, clay-colored stool, fever, chills, yellow skin and eyes (jaundice) between 15 and 50 days after exposure.
Wayne County is considered a "hepatitis A outbreak county," with more than 154 cases confirmed since Aug. 1, 2016. Since then, Michigan has seen 886 confirmed cases of hepatitis A, including 713 hospitalizations and 28 fatalities. Confirmed cases include those in Fenton and Huron, Ingham, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.