Hepatitis A outbreak reaches West Michigan

BATTLE CREEK, Mich.  — A hepatitis A outbreak that has gripped southeast Michigan has now reached West Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says three cases of hepatitis A that were reported in Calhoun County are linked to the strain in southeast Michigan. Calhoun County health officials say two of those cases were in people who live in southeast Michigan but were diagnosed in Calhoun County; one of the people involved is a Calhoun County resident.

Since August 2016, health officials have recorded 495 cases of hepatitis A in the state. Macomb County has seen the highest number of cases at 162. Detroit has had 123 cases, Wayne County 80 and Oakland County 78.

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