Case of Hepatitis A confirmed at Oakland County jail

Posted at 11:58 AM, May 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-26 15:48:38-04

The Oakland County Health Division and Oakland County Sheriff's Office says a case of Hepatitis A has been confirmed at the Oakland County Jail.

According to the health division, a male inmate at the jail was diagnosed with Hepatitis A and they are advising anyone within the jail between May 8 and May 23 to contact the health division to be vaccinated.

Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver caused by a virus shed in feces and is most commonly spread from person to person with contaminated hands, according to the health division.

“Areas where this inmate was housed have been sanitized, and we are taking great strides to contact anyone with possible exposure during this period of time," Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a release. "We are focused on combined efforts with the Health Division to ensure all steps are taken to protect the inmate population, our employees, and anyone else who came into contact with this individual."

It can be prevented with vaccination if given within 14 days of the last exposure, according to the division.

They do offer vaccines for $35 per dose but also offer a discounted/sliding fee schedule for those who can't afford the $35.