Hepatitis A confirmed at Lansing Steak 'n Shake

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - The Ingham County Health Department said Friday a food service worker has tested positive for Hepatitis A at a Lansing Steak 'n Shake restaurant.

It affects the store in South Lansing, at 540 Edgewood Blvd.

People who ate at the restaurant between Sept. 2 to Sept. 25 may have been exposed, according to the health department.

“Risk is likely low, but people who recently ate at the restaurant should look out for symptoms and possibly get vaccinated," said health officer Linda Vail.

People who ate at the restaurant more recently, Sept. 14-25, are advised to receive the hepatitis A vaccine, the health department said.

Vaccination can prevent hepatitis A if given within 14 days of exposure.

The vaccine is available at the Ingham County Health Department and is also available through some healthcare providers and pharmacies.

News 10 received a news tip that the restaurant is offering free hepatitis A shots to the employees that work there.

Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. According to WebMD, symptoms include:

- Jaundice, which is yellowing of the skin and eyes
- Pain in your belly
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea
- Fever
- Diarrhea
- Fatigue

The website reports children can often have it with few symptoms.

The virus is typically spread about two weeks before symptoms appear and during the first week they show up, according to the website.

Michigan has been battling a statewide hepatitis A outbreak since August 2016. Nearly 900 people have been infected to date. Of those infected, 80 percent have been hospitalized and 28 have died, according to the health department.

You can learn more about Hepatitis A online.

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