Michigan’s Buffalo Wild Wings linked to hepa outbreak
The Macomb County Health Department adviced customers of a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant to watch out for signs of Hepatitis A, following a confirmed case of hepatitis A in a food service worker in the said restaurant.
A report showed that the Michigan-based health department is advising anyone who ate at the restaurant from March 24 through April 9 to watch for symptoms of hepatitis A, which include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dark urine, fever, chills and yellow skin and eyes or jaundice.
Symptoms can develop anywhere from 15 and 50 days after exposure so people developing these symptoms are advised to get medical care.
The health department also recommended a hepatitis A vaccine for previously unvaccinated people who consumed food at the restaurant from March 24 and April 9. Vaccination can prevent hepatitis A if given within 14 days after potential exposure.
The vaccine is available at the county health department, some health care providers and pharmacies, according to a report from the Food Poison Journal.
While the hepatitis A vaccine is recommended as a part of the routine childhood vaccination schedule, most adults have not been vaccinated and may be susceptible to the hepatitis A virus.
The best way to reduce the risk of getting hepatitis A is to get vaccinated with two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine.
It is also recommended to wash your hands after going to the bathroom and before preparing meals for yourself and others. Use your own towels, toothbrushes, and eating utensils. Do not have sex with someone who has HAV infection or share food, drinks, or smokes with other people.
Right now, Michigan is experiencing a serious hepatitis A outbreak. More than 800 cases have been reported statewide since August of 2016. Detroit News reported there has been 25 deaths and 646 hospitalizations, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Macomb County has the most confirmed cases of hepatitis A in the state with 216.