Hepatitis A confirmed at two pizza shops in Wayne and Oakland counties

- Two new cases of Hepatitis A have been confirmed at pizza places in Wayne and Oakland County. 

An employee of Papa Romano's in Southfield at Nine Mile and Telegraph roads has a confirmed case of Hepatitis A, as well as an employee at Paul's Pizza in Detroit on West Vernor, according to the respective county health departments.  

Guests who ate food at the Papa Romano's location between Nov. 22 - 26 are advised to get a Hepatitis A vaccine and watch for symptoms. 

Guests who ate at the Paul's Pizza location between Nov. 20-25 are also advised to get a Hepatitis A vaccine and watch for symptoms. 

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis A virus. It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. 

Symptoms can include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal, and sometimes yellow eyes or skin and dark urine. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.

A person can get Hepatitis A when they eat, drink, or touch their mouth with food, liquid or objects (including their hands) that have come into contact with stool from an infected person. The virus is shed in feces and is most commonly spread from person to person by unclean hands contaminated with feces.

Southeast Michigan has seen an increase in Hepatitis A cases since 2016. Earlier this month, a Hepatitis A case was confirmed at a pizza shop in Southgate and, in November, at a restaurant in Grosse Pointe Woods. 

The hepatitis A vaccine is available through some healthcare providers and many pharmacies.

The Detroit Health Department will be offering Hepatitis A vaccines to uninsured Detroit residents at both of its Immunization Clinics:

  • The Samaritan Center (5555 Conner Street Detroit, MI 48213) 313-410-8142 
  • The Family Place (8726 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48202) 313-410-7803 

In Oakland County, vaccines are also available at both Health Division offices:

  • North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 34 East, Pontiac
  • South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield
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