DETROIT (WJBK) - A case of Hepatitis A has been confirmed at a pizza place in Detroit, adding to the growing number of cases confirmed throughout the metro area.
The case was confirmed in an employee at Jet's Pizza at 15235 E. Seven Mile near Hayes. This location only provides carry-out and delivery service.
Those who consumed food and beverages from this Jet's Pizza location from November 30 through December 11, 2017 should consult their primary care provider to receive the Hepatitis A vaccine as early as possible, and before December 21, 2017. Hepatitis A can potentially be prevented if given a vaccination within two weeks of having come in contact with the virus.
Symptoms can include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dark urine, clay-colored stool, fever, chills, and yellow skin and eyes (jaundice). Hepatitis A symptoms occur between 15 and 50 days after exposure and can last for several weeks to months and can occasionally be fatal.
The Detroit Health Department is conducting a thorough investigation of this Jet's Pizza location. The employee stopped working at the establishment after symptoms began, and the Detroit Health Department has notified the establishment that the infected employee cannot return to work until approved by their doctor.
The location has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, and the Detroit Health Department does not believe there is further risk of Hepatitis A at this location at this time.
Since August of 2016, 20 people died from Hepatitis A and a total of 583 people have been infected, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
The Detroit Health Department will be offering Hepatitis A vaccines to uninsured Detroit residents at both of its Immunization Clinics: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8am to 5pm and Wednesday 9am to 6pm. The clinics are located at:
- The Samaritan Center (5555 Conner Street Detroit, MI 48213) 313-410-8142
- The Family Place (8726 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48202) 313-410-7803
The Detroit Health Department recommends that non-Detroit residents contact their local Health Department if they are uninsured and consumed food and beverages at the Jet's Pizza:
- Macomb County (586) 469-5372
- Oakland County (800)-848-5533
- Wayne County (734) 727-7100