Arkansas Department of Health: Possible Hepatitis A exposure at On the Border in Jonesboro – KAIT

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The Arkansas Department of Health is warning about a possible Hepatitis A exposure after an employee at On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina in Jonesboro tested positive for the virus, state health officials said Wednesday.

In a media release, health officials are asking anyone who ate at the restaurant at 2324 Red Wolf Boulevard between Dec. 13 and 27 should seek a vaccination immediately if they have not been vaccinated against Hep A or are unsure of their vaccination status.

The Arkansas Department of Health is hosting two vaccine clinics for people who may be impacted by the situation. They are Jan. 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Craighead County Health Unit at 611 East Washington Avenue and on Jan. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Craighead County Health Unit.

The vaccine will be provided to people at no cost, according to ADH. Anyone impacted should bring their insurance card and driver’s license to the vaccine clinic.

People who may have been impacted but cannot attend either clinic to visit their local health department for a vaccination. The people who face a high likelihood of getting Hep A include food workers, anyone who has had close contact with a person who has had Hep A, people who use drugs, people who experience homelessness, transient or unstable housing or people who have been recently incarcerated, according to ADH.

Since February 2018, there has been 237 cases of Hep A reported in Northeast Arkansas which has also resulted in two deaths, ADH said.

The symptoms for Hep A include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain and jaundice.

People can suffer anything from a mild illness that lasts a few weeks to an illness that lasts several months, ADH says.

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