Central Michigan University today learned a bakery food employee at the Mount Pleasant Meijer, 1015 Pickard Street, tested positive for hepatitis A. Individuals who consumed any baked goods made on-site at the bakery department of this Meijer store between Aug. 23 and Sept. 20 may have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus.
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Agriculture and Rural Development, here's what you need to know:
- The risk of exposure in this situation is low.
- No further illnesses have been identified from this exposure at this time.
- Hepatitis A is an acute infection and people usually improve without treatment.
- A vaccine may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks after exposure. If you're unsure whether or not you've received a hepatitis A vaccine, contact your healthcare provider, although the Centers for Disease Control report getting an extra dose is not harmful.
- Anyone who consumed baked goods purchased from this Meijer location between the dates listed above should promptly contact their healthcare provider to be assessed for vaccination.
- Symptoms of hepatitis A infection include sudden onset of abdominal discomfort, dark urine, fever, diarrhea, and yellow skin and eyes. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Hepatitis A vaccine may be available at some major pharmacies and Meijer is offering the vaccine free of charge at its Mount Pleasant location to any customers who are concerned about exposure.
If you have questions about hepatitis, the local district health department is leading the investigation and can be reached at 989-773-5921.
For more information about viral hepatitis, visit www.michigan.gov/hepatitis or www.cdc.gov/hepatitis.