Michigan health department confirms hepatitis A case at Pine Knob Music Theatre

CBS News Detroit Digital Brief for Sept. 21, 2023


(CBS DETROIT) – The Oakland County Health Division says a hepatitis A case was confirmed at the Pine Knob Music Theatre.

Health officials say the case is associated with the theater’s Ivy Lounge. It was confirmed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services laboratory, according to a press release.

All season members, guests, and staff who consumed food at the lounge between Aug. 26 and Sept. 8 are urged to monitor their symptoms. Anyone who is unvaccinated for hepatitis A is encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

For people who were possibly exposed to hepatitis A from Aug. 26 – Sept. 8 at the Ivy Lounge, below is a breakdown of exposure dates and recommended actions: 

  • Aug. 26: Lynyrd Skynyrd concert (monitor symptoms)
  • Aug. 29: Arctic Monkeys concert (monitor symptoms)
  • Aug. 30: Foreigner concert (monitor symptoms)
  • Sept. 1: Disturbed concert (monitor symptoms)
  • Sept. 2: Beck and Phoenix concert (monitor symptoms)
  • Sept. 3: Pentatonix concert (monitor symptoms)
  • Sept. 5: Rob Zombie concert (monitor symptoms)
  • Sept. 6: Smashing Pumpkins concert (monitor symptoms)
  • Sept. 8: Jason Aldean concert (get vaccinated by Sept. 23)

Hepatitis A, which is an infection of the liver, is 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 skin and eyes.

The health division announced last week that there was a suspected case at the theater. Officials urged anyone who was unvaccinated and attended any of the concerts during that time period to get vaccinated within 14 days.  

“The window for vaccination to help prevent illness from hepatitis A is through tomorrow for those individuals who attended the Jason Aldean concert and ate at the Ivy Lounge,” Dr. Russell Faust, Oakland County medical director, said in a press release. “For anyone who is not vaccinated for hepatitis A, we encourage getting vaccination to protect against future exposures.”  

How to reduce the risk of hepatitis A:

  • Wash hands frequently, especially after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing and eating food. Rub hands vigorously with soap and warm running water for at least 20 seconds. Handwashing is essential and one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Clean and disinfect all surface areas if someone in the household or workplace has symptoms, especially areas such as toilets, sinks, trashcans, doorknobs, and faucet handles.
  • Do not prepare food if you have symptoms, and refrain from food preparation for at least three days after symptoms have ended or two weeks after onset of clinical symptoms, whichever is longer.
  • Get the hepatitis A vaccine. It is available through some health care providers, Health Division offices, and many pharmacies. Call ahead to ensure your health care provider or pharmacy has the vaccine available.