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Posted on: September 14, 2018

Lenawee Co Health Department

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday September 14, 2018


HEPATITIS A IN ATTENDEE AT THE MICHIGAN RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL (HOLLY, MI)


(Adrian, MI) The Oakland County Health Division is reporting that an individual, who is a confirmed case of hepatitis A, attended the Michigan Renaissance Festival while ill on September 1, 2018, in Holly, MI.  Because of the possibility of environmental contamination/transmission from the ill individual, vaccination within two weeks of exposure is strongly recommended for anyone who has not been previously vaccinated for Hepatitis A and attended or worked at the Festival at any time between September 1-3, 2018.


The Lenawee County Health Department strongly recommends those who attended and worked the festival on September 1, September 2, and September 3 get a hepatitis A vaccine if they have not been vaccinated.


Those who attended on:

•    September 1 can be protected if they receive vaccination by Saturday, September 15.

•    September 2 can be protected if they receive vaccination by Sunday, September 16.

•    September 3 can be protected if they receive vaccination by Monday, September 17.


Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver caused by a virus. The virus is shed in feces and is most commonly spread from person to person by unclean hands contaminated with feces. To reduce the risk of hepatitis A:

•    Get the hepatitis A vaccine.

•    Wash hands frequently, especially after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing and eating food. Rub hands vigorously with soap and warm running water for at least 20 seconds.

•    Clean and disinfect all surface areas, especially while someone in the household or workplace has symptoms. Particular care needs to be taken with areas such as toilets, sinks, trash, door knobs, and faucet handles.

•    Do not prepare food if you have symptoms and refrain from food preparation for at least three days after symptoms have ended.

•    Exclude ill food service workers from the establishment immediately until clearance from OCHD is received.


More information on Hepatitis A is available through Michigan’s network of local public health departments (malph.org/resources/directory) and at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (www.Michigan.gov/HepAOutbreak or call 517-335-8165.  For further information, please call the Lenawee County Health Department at (517) 264-5223.

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