A number of people were possibly exposed to Hepatitis A at Pine Knob this year. This news is according to the Oakland County Health Division. According to the Health Division says a suspected case of Hepatitis A caused exposure at a handful of Pine Knob Music Theatre shows. So, how can you tell if you were exposed to Hepatitis A at Pine Knob this year?
Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver caused by a virus. Furthermore, according to the Oakland County Health Division, “The virus is shed in feces and is most commonly spread from person to person by contaminated hands. Symptoms include sudden abdominal pain, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, headache, dark urine, and vomiting followed by yellowing of the skin and eyes.” They add that symptoms usually appear from two to six weeks after exposure. The average time between exposure and symptoms is one month.
How to Tell If You Were Exposed to Hepatitis A at Pine Knob This Year
The Ivy Lounge is where this case happened, the Health Division says. They say that any season members, their guests, and staff who ate food at the lounge between Aug. 26 and Sept. 8 should monitor for symptoms and get vaccinated for Hepatitis A, if they haven’t yet. Moreover, tips to help reduce the risk of getting Hepatitis A include washing your hands frequently and cleaning. Also, clean and disinfect all surface areas where someone has symptoms. More advice includes not preparing food if you have symptoms and refraining from doing so for at least three days after symptoms ended or two weeks after onset of clinical symptoms, whichever is longer.
“The risk of transmission in this specific situation is low,” said Dr. Russell Faust, Oakland County medical director in a statement. “If you have not been vaccinated, get vaccinated. The vaccine can prevent the disease if given within 14 days after exposure.”