At a Bath Township board meeting Feb. 5, Clinton County Commissioner Dwight Washington reported that there is a case of hepatitis A that has made its way to Clinton County.
Washington said that if they find one more case of hepatitis A in Clinton County, that would put Clinton at emergency status.
“It’s just really important to get the word out to have people wash their hands so that they’re not spreading hepatitis A,” said Washington at the February 5th board meeting.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus that may cause abdominal pain and yellowing of the skin.
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website, “Public health officials and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are continuing to see an elevated number of hepatitis A cases in the state”.
MDHHS reports that at of January 31st, there have been 727 cases of Hepatitis A in the state of Michigan, with 590 of those cases resulting in hospitalization and 24 of those cases resulting in death.
Kathleen McQueen, clerk of the Board of Trustees in Bath Township, said that the Board of Trustees has no set plans for how to raise awareness of the Hepatitis A outbreak.
“It was just brought to our attention at a meeting Monday,” said McQueen.
The MDHHS lists a few ways to prevent Hepatitis A on their website:
- Get vaccinated against hepatitis A
- Wash hands after using the restroom and before eating or preparing meals for yourself or others
- Use your own towels, toothbrushes, and eating utensils
- Do not have sex with someone who has HAV infection
- Do not share food, drinks, drugs, or smokes with other people
- If you think you or someone you know has been exposed to Hepatitis A, please see your medical provider immediately.
Other news discussed at Monday’s board meeting were the introduction of a new Bath police officer Payton Warner and the appointment of Superintendent Dan Wietecha to the Clinton County Economic Alliance.