December 15, 2017

Hepatitis A Case at Paul’s Pizza in Detroit is the Eighth Restaurant Involved in Outbreak

An employee at Paul's Pizza at 7635 West Vernor in Detroit has been diagnosed with a hepatitis A infection, according to a news release issued by the Detroit Health Department. This is the eighth restaurant to be part of the department's warning about possible exposure this fall. The Michigan Department of Health Services warned about this exploding outbreak last March.   Paul's Pizza only supplies carry-out and delivery service. The risk of transmission of hepatitis A from an infected employee is low, but public health officials are still recommending hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccinations for anyone who ate or drank beverages prepared there. A vaccination is only effective if given within two weeks of possible exposure. The employee who was just diagnosed worked there … [Read more...]

Papa Romano’s, Another Michigan Restaurant, Has Worker Diagnosed With Hepatitis A

An employee of Papa Romano's at 23926 West Nine Mile Road and Telegraph in Southfield, Michigan has a confirmed case of hepatitis A, according to the Oakland County Heath Division. Anyone who consumed food or drink from that facility from November 22 to November 26, 2017 needs to get a hepatitis A vaccination. There is only a two-week window between the time of possible exposure and the time a vaccination is effective. That means anyone who ate there on November 22, 2017 must be vaccinated by tomorrow. Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County said in the press release, "Vaccination can prevent the disease if given within 14 days after potential exposure. Southeast Michigan is experiencing a serious hepatitis A outbreak. All residents are urged to get vaccinated, … [Read more...]

Employee at Greektown Casino in Detroit Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

An employee at Greektown Casino in Detroit has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to a press release issued by the City of Detroit Health Department. That facility is located at 555 East Lafayette. The Health Department believes that the risk of exposure is only in those who were in the private Platinum member card access area of the casino between November 11 and November 22, 2017. Anyone who consumed beverages at that casino in the private access area should get vaccinated as soon as possible. If you visited that facility before November 17, 2017, it's too late to get an immune globulin or hepatitis A vaccination, because the shot is only effective if administered within two weeks of possible exposure. You should monitor yourself for the symptoms of hepatitis A for the … [Read more...]

Detroit McDonald’s Worker Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

A worker at a McDonald's restaurant in Detroit has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to a press release by the City of Detroit Health Department. That person worked as a crew member at the facility located at 2889 West Grand Boulevard. There is an ongoing hepatitis A outbreak in southeast Michigan that has sickened more than 500 people, as of November 21, 2017. Detroit is located in that area of the state. Public health officials have not said whether or not this person is part of the larger outbreak. Anyone who ate at that McDonald's location from November 8 to November 22, 2017 may have been exposed to the virus. But, since vaccinations are only effective if given within two weeks of exposure, if you ate there before November 15, 2017, you are no longer eligible for a … [Read more...]

Food Worker Diagnosed With Hepatitis A Infection at Champs Rotisserie in Michigan

According to news reports, a restaurant worker at Champs Rotisserie and Sports at 20515 Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan has been diagnosed with a hepatitis A infection. That person is not working at this time and is receiving medical care. Anyone who ate food or drank a beverage at that facility between October 10 and 30, 2017 may have been exposed to hepatitis A. There is a large regional outbreak of hepatitis A infections in southeast Michigan. More than 480 people have been infected since August 1, 2016. If you ate there after October 24, 2017, you should get a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination to protect yourself. These shots are only effective if given within two weeks of exposure. If you ate there before October 24, 2017, it's too late for a shot. You … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Exposure at Two Detroit, MI Restaurants

The Detroit Health Department is investigating two separate cases of hepatitis A in food workers at two restaurants in that city in Michigan. The first is a worker at Firewater Bar and Grill located at 6521 John R. Street. The second person works as a crew member at Little Caesars Pizza located at 12712 Fenkell. Those food workers worked from October 15 through the 26th, 2017. Anyone who patronized Firewater Bar and Grill from October 17 to October 24, 2017, or who consumed food from Little Caesars Pizza from October 17 through October 26, 2017 should consult their doctor to get a vaccination as soon as possible.  You will need a hepatitis A or immune globulin shot to prevent this illness from developing. If you visited those facilities on October 15 or 16, it's too late for a … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Southeast Michigan

The hepatitis A outbreak in Southeast Michigan continues to grow. As of October 12, 2017, there are 397 cases in City of Detroit, and counties of Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Wayne, and St Clair. Most of those patients have been hospitalized; 320, or 85.6%. And 15 people have died. Many of those sickened include the homeless, people with documented substance abuse, but some are healthcare workers and food workers. Most of the cases are male. Officials have not said if the four cases of food workers we have reported on are part of this larger outbreak. Those cases worked at the Meijer store in Mount Pleasant, Cardamom restaurant in Ann Arbor, and food workers at Uncle Paul’s Pizza at 21215 Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Woods, and Cabbage Patch Cafe & Catering at 15110 Kercheval … [Read more...]

Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at Cardamom Restaurant in Ann Arbor, MI

Consumers may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus if they ate food or drank beverages at Cardamom restaurant at 1739 Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Anyone who ate there or had carry-out food between September 16 and October 3, 2017 may have been exposed. Washtenaw County is offering the hepatitis A vaccination to anyone who visited the restaurant on those dates on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. The cost is $20. The county offices are at 555 Towner Street in Ypsilanti. You can just walk in and request the vaccination. The vaccine is also available at pharmacies and from health care providers. A restaurant worker there has been diagnosed with the illness. If you ate there before September 26, it's too late for a vaccination. The shot is only … [Read more...]

E. coli and Cryptosporidium Cases Rise in Michigan

Cases of E. coli and Cryptosporidium increased this summer in two counties in Michigan, according to the Health Department. Jennifer Morse, medical director of three regional health departments in that state said in a statement, "These increases are concerning because the resulting illness can be life-threatening. With the investigations that have been completed thus far, the major source seems to be coming from farm animals." These illnesses occurred in Mecosta and Newaygo counties in Michigan. This is important information, since we are approaching the time when many farms open their gates to tourism. Apple picking season is here. Deadly food poisoning outbreaks linked to farms have increased in the past few years. In fact, in 2013, an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak at Dehn's Pumpkins in … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Cases at Two Restaurants in Grosse Pointe, MI

Cases of hepatitis A have been reported at two restaurants in Michigan, according to news sources. The Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness is investigating illnesses at Uncle Paul's Pizza at 21215 Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Woods, and Cabbage Patch Cafe & Catering at 15110 Kercheval Avenue in Grosse Pointe Park. Some news outlets state that there are two people sick; others say "multiple cases." Anyone who ate food or drank beverages from those facilities between August 1 and September 29, 2017 should either be vaccinated or watch for symptoms of the illness. Anyone who ate at those restaurants on or after September 18, 2017 can be vaccinated against the disease. If you ate at those places before that date, it's too late for a shot. There is a … [Read more...]

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