It looks like the southeast Michigan Hepatitis outbreak is slowly becoming the southern Michigan outbreak.

On January 10, the Calhoun County Health Department said that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services now considers Calhoun County as part of the outbreak area.

In a release January 23, the Barry-Eaton District Health Department says that they have confirmed two cases of Hepatitis A in Eaton County that are linked to the Detroit area outbreak; one of those cases resulted in a death, adding to the over 22 already killed.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease with symptoms such as fatigue and stomach pain, and it can be serious and fatal. Go to the Center For Disease Control's website,  the Calhoun County Health Department's website, or for more information.

Health organizations say that getting the vaccine, and washing your hands thoroughly are the best ways to prevent the disease. 

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