I don't know what the hell is going on in our area but there is yet again another Hepatitis A outbreak at a local restaurant.

The Genesee County Health Department confirms a case of hepatitis A with a worker at Fenton Winery & Brewery on Long Lake Road. If you or anyone you know had food or some cocktails there between  May 26 and May 31, you'll want to get vaccinated as it's possible you've been exposed to the disease. You can get vaccinated tonight at the Burton Branch of the Genesee County Health Department on South Saginaw Street at 7:30 pm.

This is the second (that I know of) outbreak in our area in the last month or so. Back in May, there was an outbreak at Sweetwater in Grand Blanc. That really sucked because I had been there in the window of the Hep A outbreak so I, like so many others had to go to the Genesee County Health Department on South Saginaw Street to get vaccinated.

The process of getting vaccinated is pretty quick, I was in and out in less than two minutes. If a lot of people show up though, you could be waiting awhile. When I first went over Memorial weekend, there were over 170 people that showed up to get vaccinated and it was slammed in there so I went back a couple days later and it wasn't busy at all.

According to WikipediaHepatitis A is an infectious disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Many cases have few or no symptoms, especially in the young. The time between infection and symptoms, in those who develop them, is between two and six weeks When symptoms occur, they typically last eight weeks and may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice, fever, and abdominal pain. Around 10–15% of people experience a recurrence of symptoms during the six months after the initial infection. Acute liver failure may rarely occur, with this being more common in the elderly.

It is usually spread by eating food or drinking water contaminated with infected feces.

Source: ABC12