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State sets up Hepatitis A hotline for doctors

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Posted at 9:05 AM, Apr 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-13 09:05:35-04

There's a new hotline set up for doctors and nurses who have questions about Hepatitis A.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit have teamed up to offer the service, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The helpline is staffed by infectious disease specialists.

"With more than 800 cases of Hepatitis A reported in Michigan during this outbreak, it is far from over," said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS Chief Medical Executive. "During the first three months of 2018, there have been more cases reported than we would expect to see for an entire year. Local health departments, hospitals, urgent cares and primary care clinics need access to the latest information to help them with their patients and stop the spread of this disease."

Patients who have questions should contact their doctor or local health department.

There are two ways for providers to get in touch with the Hepatitis A Provider Helpline. For urgent questions, providers should call 313-575-0332 to be connected with an infectious disease specialist at Henry Ford for immediate answers 24/7. Non-urgent questions can be submitted online at Henryford.com/HepAConsult.