Kent Co. added to hepatitis A outbreak area

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Kent is the latest county to be added to the state’s designated hepatitis A outbreak area.

Inclusion in the outbreak district means the state will keep a closer eye on what’s going on in Kent County and there will be more coordination to fight the spread of the disease there.

The Kent County Health Department said it was recently notified of a fourth case among county residents. Since two cases were diagnosed within 100 days of each other, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services included Kent County in the state’s outbreak jurisdiction.

From Aug. 1, 2016 to Oct. 31, 2018, the health department said there were 899 cases of hepatitis A reported in Michigan.

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