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Michigan Hepititis A Outbreak Worst In Nation

Hepititis A Is A Serious and Easily Transferable Liver Disease

Posted by Strickland's Love Lansing at 3:35pm 5/28/18

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The Shiawassee County Health Department says two key actions can help protect against Hepititis A, a serious liver disease that can affect anyone.

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The first is wash your hands -- well! Spend 20 full seconds with soap and warm water after using the bathroom or changing a diaper and before eating or preparing food. The department notes that alcohol-based hand sanitizers are not effective against the Hepititis A virus.

The second is get vaccinated. The best way to protect against Hepititis A, the agency says, is to get the Hepititis A vaccine.
Hepititis A is easily passed from person to person and anyone can get Hepititis A.

An Hepititis A outbreak began in 2016 and has claimed 27 lives since. The outbreak in Michigan is called the worst in the nation, with more than 200 in Macomb County alone. Even rural counties like Shiawassee are impacted; Shiawassee has counted 8 cases including at least one within the past 100 days.

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