Health officials warn of hepatitis A exposure at California concert venue

In California, the Oakland County Health Division is reporting a suspected case of hepatitis A associated with the Ivy Lounge at Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston.

The Health Division advises all season members, their guests, and staff who consumed food at the Ivy Lounge between Aug. 26 and Sept. 8 to monitor for symptoms and, if unvaccinated for hepatitis A, to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“The risk of transmission in this specific situation is low,” said Dr. Russell Faust, Oakland County medical director. “If you have not been vaccinated, get vaccinated. If given within 14 days after exposure, the vaccine can prevent the disease.”

Unvaccinated people who were possibly exposed to hepatitis A from Sept. 1-8 at the Ivy Lounge are encouraged to receive the vaccine by the 14-day deadline. Below is a breakdown of exposure dates and recommended actions:

Exposure Date Recommended 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) Get vaccinated by Sept. 15
Sept. 2 (Beck and Phoenix concert) Get vaccinated by Sept. 16
Sept. 3 (Pentatonix concert) Get vaccinated by Sept. 17
Sept. 5 (Rob Zombie concert) Get vaccinated by Sept. 19
Sept. 6 (Smashing Pumpkins concert) Get vaccinated by Sept. 20
Sept. 8 (Jason Aldean concert) Get vaccinated by Sept. 22

The Health Division is remaining open until 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, and hosting two special hepatitis A vaccine clinics from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 16 and Sept. 17 at the North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Rd, Building 34E in Pontiac to accommodate those who need a hepatitis A vaccine. No registration is needed.

All individuals potentially exposed should watch for hepatitis A symptoms and contact their healthcare provider if they become ill to report they have a known hepatitis A exposure.

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.

Health Division offices are located at the following addresses:

  • North Oakland Health Center, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 34 East, Pontiac
  • South Oakland Health Center, 27725 Greenfield Road, Southfield

If you have insurance, check with your health care/insurance provider for possible benefit coverage. No one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay. A discounted/sliding fee schedule is available. Vaccine fees are charged to individuals who are not eligible for federal and/or state programs that cover vaccination costs. Payment options include cash and credit cards. The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program offers vaccines at no cost for eligible children up to 18 years old.

More information about hepatitis A can be found on the Health Division’s website by contacting Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533 or Nurse on Call is available Friday, Sept 15 until 7 p.m., Sept. 16 and Sept. 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Regular Nurse on Call hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For up-to-date public health information, follow @publichealthOC on Facebook and X (formally known as Twitter).

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