PAW PAW, Mich. (WOOD) — Health officials say there have been confirmed cases of hepatitis A in southwest Michigan.
The Van Buren/Cass District Health Department made the public health announcement on its Facebook page on Friday.
The department serves both Van Buren and Cass counties.
Hepatitis A attacks the liver. It can cause fatigue, fever, nausea or loss of appetite, abdominal pain, joint pain, and jaundice. It is spread through the feces of the person infected.
Health officials are urging everyone to practice proper hand-washing, follow good hygiene practices and get vaccinated, especially those at risk. Appointments during the health department’s immunization clinics can be made by calling 269.621.3143 ext. 1300.
That includes people recently in jail, people without a home, people who have had intimate contact with someone infected with Hepatitis A and anyone who has injected drugs.
Residents with questions about hepatitis A can call the health department at 269.621.3143.