BREAKING! Bloodcurdling Outbreak Claims 25th Victim, Nightmare Situation Unfolding After Source Found
There’s going to be hell to pay!
The flu season is upon us and because of a lack of overall vaccinations some have died as a result and others have been seriously ill. Now it appears Hepatitis A is also running its way through various cities and towns across the country. This time it has landed in Michigan unfortunately.
Yet another restaurant worker has tested positive for the virus which is known to be highly contagious. The worker who was employed at the Red Lobster was likely exposed to hundreds of others during their employment due to their constant contact with other people.
Now Michigan has a death count of 25, which was announced by the state health departments most recent press release. They also reported a total of 751 cases that have been confirmed. Sadly 80 percent of them have required the individuals to be hospitalized.
Food Safety News reported,
“Most people infected in the multi-state outbreak, which is described as having begun in California although Michigan has been tracking cases just as long, have been homeless or substance abusers.
However, depending on the state, one-fifth to one-third of victims have been neither homeless nor substance abusers. The outbreak, which includes cases in California, Michigan, Kentucky, Utah, Nevada, New York, Arkansas and Oregon, has sickened more than 1,600 people and killed at least 46.
Hepatitis A can be spread through food and beverages that are contaminated during production or by infected people during food preparation or serving.
Consequently, infected restaurant employees or other foodservice workers can expose other employees or customers — often without knowing it because people are contagious before symptoms develop.
Potential exposures at Red Lobster
The most recently reported restaurant worker in Michigan who tested positive for hepatitis A potentially exposed people who ate, drank or worked at the Red Lobster restaurant at 27760 Novi Road in Novi, MI, from Jan. 15 through Feb. 14.
It is past the window of opportunity for many unvaccinated people who were at the restaurant during the possible exposure period. The post-exposure hepatitis A treatment must be giving within two weeks of exposure or it is not effective.
Anyone who ate or drank anything from the implicated Red Lobster in Oakland County and has developed symptoms of hepatitis A infection should immediately seek medical attention, county health officials said in a public advisory.
“Vaccination can prevent the disease if given within 14 days after potential exposure,” said Kathy Forzley, director of health and human services for Oakland County.
“If you have eaten at this location during these dates and have not been vaccinated for hepatitis A or have a sudden onset of any symptoms, contact your doctor.”
The county had a special vaccination clinic session yesterday and has another one scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at 1010 E. West Maple Road in Walled Lake in the Easterseals office.
Most children in the United States have been receiving hepatitis A vaccinations since the preventive became a routine recommendation in 2006. Even though it has been available since 1996, the vast majority of adults have not been vaccinated.
Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver caused by a virus. The virus is shed in feces and is most commonly spread from person to person by unclean hands contaminated with microscopic amounts feces.
Symptoms of infection may include sudden abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, headache, dark urine, and/or vomiting often followed by yellowing of the skin and eyes. Symptoms may appear from 14 to 50 days after exposure, but usually develop about one month after exposure to the virus, according to public health officials. Some people who are infected do not become sick, but they are contagious.”
Michigan Radio reported the following about what is being done to try and combat this public health issue
“The state is looking to pharmacists to help combat elevated cases of hepatitis A in Michigan. Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services sent a letter to pharmacies across the state. It outlines how the virus is transmitted and lists symptoms associated with the disease. The letter also reminds pharmacists that there are preventative services they can provide that are covered under Michigan Medicaid, including prevention counseling and vaccinations.
Lynn Sutfin with DHHS says pharmacists can be especially helpful when it comes to encouraging high-risk groups like homeless people and drug users get vaccinated. “Pharmacies are plentiful; they’re almost on every corner.
They give a lot more opportunities for some of these high risk groups to get in and get their vaccine,” Sutfin says. As of last week, there have been 751 cases of hepatitis A identified in Michigan since August 2016. Of those, 25 have been fatal.”
The public health emergencies that have been announced in the United States recently have been an ongoing issue. The opioid crisis was one and while this one has not been announced yet this is starting to become an emergency the size of something larger.
The American public deserves to know more and be aware of what is going on but this issue has gone largely unreported by major news outlets.
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