Detroit Health Department Investigating Hepatitis A Case
- Based on current information the Detroit Health Department believes there is no on-going risk of exposure at the West Grand Blvd location.
- McDonald’s is fully cooperating with the investigation
(Detroit, MI) – November 28, 2017 – The Detroit Health Department is investigating a Hepatitis A case in connection with a Detroit resident who works as a crew member at McDonald’s in Detroit located at 2889 West Grand Blvd.
Generally, the risk of transmission of Hepatitis A from an infected food handler is low. Hepatitis A can potentially be prevented if given a vaccination within two weeks of having come in contact with the virus. Given the low, but potential risk, the Detroit Health Department is recommending vaccination for people who may have eaten at the establishment during the exposure period.
Those who consumed food and beverages from McDonald’s in Detroit located at 2889 West Grand Blvd from November 8th through November 22nd (exposure period) should consult their primary care provider to receive the Hepatitis A vaccine as early as possible, and before December 6, 2017.
The Detroit Health Department is conducting a thorough investigation of the establishment to ensure appropriate food handling and cleaning protocols are being followed. 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.
McDonald’s has been cooperative with the investigation, and has hired a third party company to thoroughly clean and sanitize the establishment. They are also arranging to have all of the employees at the establishment vaccinated. Based on current information, the Detroit Health Department has no reason to believe there is an ongoing risk of exposure at this location.
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. 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. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.
The Detroit Health Department will be offering free 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 McDonald’s at 2889 West Grand Blvd during the exposure period. Information for the local health departments:
Southeast Michigan has seen an increase in Hepatitis A cases since 2016. High risk individuals identified in association with this outbreak include persons who: share injection and non-injection street drugs (including pain killers), have sexual activities with someone who has Hepatitis A, have close contact, care for, or live with someone who has Hepatitis A, are homeless or have transient living situations, or are men who have sex with men.
“The Detroit Health Department is working diligently to ensure a comprehensive food safety protocol is being followed at McDonald’s. Our priority is to protect our residents and those of surrounding communities who may have been exposed,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Director and Health Officer of the Detroit Health Department.
The best way to prevent Hepatitis A is through vaccination. Other means of preventing the spread of infection is to thoroughly wash hands with soap and water: after using the bathroom, after diaper changes, and before handling food.
The Detroit Health Department can be contacted at 313-876-4000.