Hepatitis A in Michigan

January 17, 2018 – Hepatitis A Update.

    • About 680 outbreak-related cases of Hepatitis A have been reported in Michigan since August 2016, more every week.
    • Cases are unusually severe: 22 deaths and 80% hospitalization rate.
    • Cases are primarily in Southeast Michigan, but a handful of cases have been reported in Northern Michigan, including Leelanau, Grand Traverse, and Montmorency counties.
    • Transmission appears to be through direct person-to-person spread (including sexual contact) and illicit drug use.
    • No common sources of food, beverages, or drugs have been identified as a potential source of infection.
    • Outbreak data can be found at www.Michigan.gov/hepatitisAoutbreak

November 2, 2017. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and local public health officals are continuing to investigate an outbreak of hepatitis A cases in the city of Detroit, and Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, and St. Clair counties. From August 1, 2016 to October 12, 2017, there have been 376 cases of confirmed hepatitis A including fifteen deaths reported to public health authorities in these jurisdictions. This represents a ten-fold increase during the same time last year. Local public health departments, MDHHS, and CDC are working together to combat this outbreak. www.mi.gov/hepatitisAoutbreak

CRTC Alpena PFOS/PFOA

January 19, 2018 – Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC), Alpena County.  PFC Detection in Monitoring Wells.  As of January 18, 2018:

89 private wells have been tested for PFOA/PFAS
80 results are in
29 are non-detects
24 – PFOA & PFOS detected (0.56 -15.6 ppt)
0 – Samples above MDEQ Criteria – PFOA+PFOS 70 ppt
51 – Any PFAS Detected (0.51 – 52.1 ppt)

People whose well tests detected compounds can contact District Health Department No. 4 who will help coordinate getting a faucet filter for the home or water delivery from Culligan.

January 18, 2018 – Michigan Environmental Regulators have filed suit against Wolverine World Wide.  View the full press release

January 11, 2018 –  Area residents are invited to attend a town hall meeting, Thursday, January 18, 2018, concerning the Alpena CRTC recent drinking water well testing. Multiple agencies will be on hand to present the latest information and answer any questions. The town hall meeting will be held at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center: Collins Center, 5884 A Street in Alpena.  There will be an informational open house beginning at 4:30 p.m. with the town hall program beginning at 6:00.

January 11, 2018 – Michigan environmental regulators have adopted a state criteria standard for emerging chemical contaminants that are being found in drinking water, a move they say will let them take regulatory enforcement actions against responsible parties. The Combined criteria for perfluorooctanic acid and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid is 70 parts per trillion.  That mirrors a federal advisory level set in 2016.   Department of Environmental Quality Director Heidi Grether said having a stat standard enables the state to issue violation notices and take legal action against parties who do not comply with cleaning up contaminated sites.  Read more about the state criteria standard.

The chemicals were long used in firefighting, waterproofing, carpeting and other products.  They have been identified at 28 sites in 14 Michigan communities, including the combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena and the former Wurtsmith Air Force base.

December 20, 2017 –  Approximately 80 private wells have been tested for PFOA/PFOS. Results are currently pending. Validated results expected in January.

December 20, 2017 –Denise Bryan, MPA, Administrative Health Officer for District Health Department No. 4 and No. 2, has been invited to participate in Governor Snyder’s Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART). The team is tasked with enhancing cooperation and coordination among local, state and federal agencies charged with identifying, communicating and addressing the potential effects of PFAS in Michigan and protecting public health. Read more about MPART.

December 20, 2017 –State Rep. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) is introducing legislation that will strengthen Michigan drinking water regulations for the dangerous chemicals perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOS and PFOA, which are posing a hazard to families in northern Kent County and at other sites around Michigan. This measure would bring clean drinking water standards in line with other states. Read more.

November 16, 2017 – Please note: Approximately 44 residential well water samples were collected and received by Vista laboratory for PFAS testing. Test results are expected right after the first of the year.

November 13, 2017 – Govenor Snyder’s issues Executive Directive regarding Michigan PFAS Action Response Team. To view actual news release, see News Release section.

October 16, 2017 – Please Note: Area residents are invited to attend a town hall meeting concerning the Alpena CRTC ground water testing. Multiple agencies will be on hand to present the latest information and answer any questions. Five (5) test wells in Alpena, Michigan at the Michigan National Guard Base have tested positive for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS. At this time, no residential drinking water wells near the Base have been tested, however, plans for testing a nearby lake and river are being developed. The town hall meeting will be held at the Alpena Training Center: Collins Center, 5884 A Street in Alpena.  There will be an informational open house beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the town hall program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

 

Link: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Alpena PFAS Response 

Governor’s Directive Creates The PFAS Action Response Team