GROSSE POINTE, Mich. -- Two Grosse Pointe restaurants are currently being investigated by Wayne County's health department for cases of Hepatitis A, according to multiple reports.
Uncle Paul's Pizza on 21215 Mack Ave., and Cabbage Patch Cafe & Catering on 15110 Kercheval Ave., in Grosse Pointe have temporarily closed and are working with the department during the investigation, the department said in a press release.
Health officials are working to pinpoint the cause of the liver disease that can be transmitted through contaminated food and water, as well as through close contact with someone infected.
"There has been an increase in Hepatitis A cases, as part of the ongoing outbreak in Southeast Michigan," the release stated. "Hepatitis A is spread through contaminated food or water, or close personal contact with an infected person."
Officials are advising anyone who consumed food from these restaurants between Aug. 1 and Sept. 29 to watch for symptoms of Hepatitis A, which can include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dark urine, clay colored stool, fever and chills, along with yellow skin and eyes (jaundice).
Symptoms occur between 15 and 50 days after exposure and can last for several weeks to months.
Earlier this month, state health officials said a bakery worker at a Meijer in Isabella County has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A.
How To Protect Yourself From Food Poisoning & Hepatitis A
Contamination usually arises from improper handling, preparation, or food storage.
Good hygiene practices before, during, and after food preparation can reduce the chances of contracting an illness. You can protect yourself by choosing which restaurants you patronize, but there are food poisoning outbreaks at major restaurant chains.
Restaurants are inspected by the local health department to make sure they are clean and have adequate kitchen facilities.
Hepatitis A is spread through contaminated food or water, or close personal contact with an infected person. Officials say the best way to prevent its spread is to:
- Always wash your hands with soap and water after using the bathroom or changing a diaper.
- Thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water during food preparation and before eating food.
- Avoiding undercooked or raw shellfish.
- Not preparing food for others if you are ill.
- Getting a Hepatitis A vaccine.
According to Mayo Clinic, signs typically don't appear until an infected person has had the virus for a few weeks.
Symptoms may include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain or discomfort, especially in the area of your liver on your right side beneath your lower ribs
- Clay-colored bowel movements
- Loss of appetite
- Low-grade fever
- Dark urine
- Joint pain
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
If you've been exposed to Hepatitis A, having a Hepatitis A vaccine or immunoglobulin therapy within two weeks of exposure may protect you from infection, according to Mayo Clinic.
For more information, contact Wayne County's health department at (734) 727-7078. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has information about the disease on its website, www.cdc.gov/hepatitis.
Food Poisoning & Hepatitis A Statistics
According to the Detroit Free Press, there have been 319 cases of confirmed Hepatitis A from Aug. 1, 2016 to Sept. 15, 2017 -- a 16-fold increase from Aug. 1, 2014 to Sept. 15, 2015. There have been 14 deaths.
Food poisoning, also known as food borne illnesses, is common in the United States and can often result in very serious injuries. Food poisoning is especially dangerous in cases involving children, the elderly, and those who have compromised immune systems.
In the United States, there are an estimated 76 million cases of food poisoning or food borne illnesses each year, resulting in approximately 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths.
Best Michigan Food Poisoning Injury Lawyers
Our legal team includes the most successful food poisoning injury attorneys in Michigan. Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. and our lawyers have won the top awards in the legal profession, including:
- U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms
- "Best Michigan Personal Injury Attorney" by American Lawyer Academy
- Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan
- Honored as "Super Lawyers"
- Top Martindale-Hubbell Rating (AV) for Skill & Integrity
Michigan Food Poisoning Injury Lawyer No-Fee Promise
Our Michigan food poisoning injury lawyers will represent you in your case under our no-fee promise. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you.
You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing.
Contact Your Michigan Food Poisoning Injury Lawyers
Individuals who have suffered injuries due to food poisoning should contact the Michigan personal injury lawyers of Buckfire and Buckfire, P.C.
Call us now atto speak with one of our attorneys about your case and learn your legal rights.