Two people diagnosed with Hepatitis A in Detroit, health officials urge vaccination

Posted at 3:28 PM, Aug 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-26 08:44:27-04

The City of Detroit is offering preventative vaccinations after two people were diagnosed with Hepatitis A.

Health officials say the two people both came in contact with raw sewage that backed up into a basement.

The Detroit Health Department recommends that anyone who may have come in contact with sewage seek a preventative vaccination.

Contact your primary care physician or go to one of Detroit's Health Department clinics between Friday August 26 and Friday, September 2. 

Symptoms include abdominal pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and dark urine.

“While we don’t know exactly how two residents contracted Hepatitis A, the fact that both of them had come in contact with sewage makes us want to be extra careful.” said Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Executive Director & Health Officer at the Detroit Health Department. “We want to make sure that anyone who may have come in contact with sewage receive preventive vaccinations. This can be done at the Doctor’s office or at the Health Department.”