Viral Hepatitis

Hepatitis C Virus Electron Microscopy 

Viral hepatitis is an infection that affects the liver. While there are at least six different types of hepatitis (A-G), the three most common types in the United States are hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

Hepatitis A is an acute infection and people usually improve without treatment. Hepatitis B and hepatitis C can cause chronic, persistent infections, which can lead to chronic liver disease. There are vaccines to prevent hepatitis A and hepatitis B; however there is no vaccine for hepatitis C.

Hepatitis C and Injection Drug Use Fact Sheet
Information on the connection between hepatitis C and injection drug use, including modes of transmission and methods of prevention

NEW 2014 Hepatitis B and C Surveillance Annual Report
Annual report detailing yearly hepatitis statistics. Within the report is information on hepatitis B and C infection by age, gender and race, the risk behaviors associated with hepatitis B and C infection, and hepatitis co-infection with HIV in Michigan.

NEW Michigan Viral Hepatitis Resource Guide and Directory

Included in this guide is basic information about viral hepatitis and links to important resources throughout the state of Michigan. The guide includes information on local health services, community health centers, health insurance, patient assistance programs, and drug user health.  Included is a directory for where patients can go for viral hepatitis vaccinations, testing, and treatment/therapy. 

NEW Hepatitis Headlines Newsletter Issue #10, September/October 2015
This edition covers the growing issue of perinatal Hepatitis C, highlights some observations from the recently published Hepatitis Annual Surveillance Report, and discusses changes to the HCV case definition coming in 2016.  Plus we welcome our newest team member, Janelle Stokely!

Hepatitis Information for the Public

Look here for information explaining hepatitis, the various methods of transmission, and the best ways to prevent hepatitis infection. Resources are also available on hepatitis related topics, including living with and treating hepatitis.

Hepatitis Information for Medical & Public Health Professionals

Information on reporting requirements, prevention efforts, resources, training opportunities and data and statistics related to hepatitis in Michigan. 

Hepatitis Reports, Data and Statistics

Summaries of hepatitis activities in Michigan. Included is data on hepatitis A, hepatitis B, perinatal hepatitis B and hepatitis C, along with the Viral Hepatitis Unit quarterly newsletter and annual report.

 Injection Safety

Information on safe injection practices, including specific information on preventing viral hepatitis infections, how to safely prepare and administer injections, proper care for persons with diabetes, and proper glucose monitoring and insulin injection practices.


MDHHS Viral Hepatitis Surveillance and Prevention Unit Contact Information



Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
201 Townsend Street
Capitol View Building, 5th Floor
Lansing, MI 48913

2 in 3 people with Hepatitis B do not know they are infected. Born from 1945 - 1965? CDC recommends you get tested for Hepatitis C.  One Needle, One Syringe, Only One Time. Safe Injection Practices Coalition.