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Oakland County Health Department confirms Hepatitis A case at Pine Knob Music Theatre

Sept. 23 is the last day to be vaccinated for some who were possibly exposed during Aldean concert
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Posted at 5:22 PM, Sep 15, 2023

(WXYZ) — The Oakland County Health Division has now confirmed a case of Hepatitis A at Pine Knob Music Theatre.

The case is associated with the Ivy Lounge. The Health Division is advising any season members, their guests, and staff who consumed food at the lounge between August 26 and September 8 to monitor for symptoms and get vaccinated for Hepatitis A, if you have not been already.

“The window for vaccination to help prevent illness from hepatitis A is through tomorrow for those individuals who attended the Jason Aldean concert and ate at the Ivy Lounge," said Dr. Russell Faust, Oakland County medical director, in a news release. "For anyone who is not vaccinated for hepatitis A, we encourage getting vaccination to protect against future exposures."

The county has released the following chart:

Exposure dateRecommended action
Aug. 26 (Lynyrd Skynyrd concert)
Monitor for symptoms
Aug. 29 (Arctic Monkeys concert)
Monitor for symptoms
Aug. 30 (Foreigner concert)
Monitor for symptoms
Sept. 1 (Disturbed concert)
Monitor for symptoms
Sept. 2 (Beck and Phoenix concert)
Monitor for symptoms
Sept. 3 (Pentatonix concert)
Monitor for symptoms
Sept. 5 (Rob Zombie concert)
Monitor for symptoms
Sept. 6 (Smashing Pumpkins concert)
Monitor for symptoms
Sept. 8 (Jason Aldean concert)
Get vaccinated before Sept. 23

From the county: Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver caused by a virus. 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. Symptoms may appear from two to six weeks after exposure, with the average time being about one month. In rare cases of hepatitis A infection, those with a pre-existing severe illness or a compromised immune system can progress to liver failure.

To reduce the risk of contracting Hepatitis A:

  • Wash hands frequently, especially after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing and eating food. Rub hands vigorously with soap and warm running water for at least 20 seconds. Handwashing is essential and one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Clean and disinfect all surface areas if someone in the household or workplace has symptoms, especially areas such as toilets, sinks, trashcans, doorknobs, and faucet handles.
  • Do not prepare food if you have symptoms and refrain from food preparation for at least three days after symptoms have ended, or two weeks after onset of clinical symptoms, whichever is longer.
  • Get the hepatitis A vaccine. It is available through some health care providers, Health Division offices and many pharmacies. Call ahead to ensure your health care provider or pharmacy has the vaccine available.