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    Hepatitis A Outbreak Kills 20 In Michigan

    The outbreak of hepatitis A in Michigan is more acute than any other state in the country. As of early December, 583 confirmed cases of the disease — which attacks the liver and has led to 20 deaths in Michigan since August 2016 — have been reported to health officials, a rate of 5.3 per 100,000 people or 38 percent higher than Utah, the state with the second highest rate, according to multiple media reports.

    While cases have been reported in other counties, the majority of cases are from the city of Detroit, and Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Wayne, and St. Clair counties, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The total number of cases represents about a 10 fold increase, the Detroit Free Press reported.



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