HOLLY, Mich. (AP) - Health officials say a person who attended the Michigan Renaissance Festival this month was ill with hepatitis A and they're recommending that anyone who may have been exposed get vaccinated.
The Oakland County Health Division announced Thursday that the person was at the festival in suburban Detroit on Sept. 1. Health officials say anyone who was attending the Holly-area event or working at the festival on Sept. 1 or Sept. 2 should get a hepatitis A vaccine by this Saturday.
Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for the Health Division, says vaccination can prevent hepatitis A if given within 14 days after potential exposure. The Health Division is hosting hepatitis A vaccine clinics Friday and Saturday.
The disease attacks the liver and causes symptoms including abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, fever and jaundice.
Both Kent and Barry Counties are hosting Hepatitis A vaccination clinics for people who attended the Renaissance Festival. It is recommended that people exposed to Hepatitis A get vaccinated in within 14 days.
The Kent County Health Department says they confirmed one case of Hep A, and they are encouraging people who attended the festival to get the vaccine Their clinic will be on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 700 Fuller NE in Grand Rapids from 9 a.m. to noon.
In Barry County, walk-in vaccinations will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at their Hastings clinic, 330 W. Woodlawn, and their Charlotte clinic, 1033 Health Care Drive.
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