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ADH warns of possible Hepatitis A exposure in Walnut Ridge

The Arkansas Department of Health is warning the public about a possible Hepatits A exposure at a gas station in Walnut Ridge. (Photo: MGN)

The Arkansas Department of Health is warning the public about a possible Hepatitis A exposure at a gas station in Walnut Ridge.

The ADH says an employee of the Doublebee's gas station located in the 1003 bock of Highway 63 in Walnut Ridge tested positive for the virus.

The department says anyone who ate at this facility between April 7 and April 18, 2018 should seek care if they have never been vaccinated.

The Lawrence County Local Health Unit in Walnut Ridge will hold a walk-in clinic to provide vaccinations from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25.

The Health Unit is located at 1050 W Free St.

In 2018, 13 cases of Hep A have been reported in this outbreak. Five of the 13 cases have included food service workers.

“The number of cases in this Hep A outbreak are continuing to rise,” said Dr. Dirk Haselow, State Epidemiologist. “There are numerous Hep A outbreaks occurring across the country. We are encouraging everyone in the county and surrounding areas to be aware of the risk factors for getting Hep A.”

Symptoms of Hep A include:

  • fever
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • abdominal pain
  • dark urine
  • clay-colored bowel movements
  • joint pain
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)

If infected, most people will start to develop symptoms within three to four weeks after being exposed.

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