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Possible Hep A exposure reported at Jonesboro restaurant

Since February, 32 cases of Hep A have been reported in Arkansas. (MGN Photo)

Arkansans are being warned of another possible Hepatitis A exposure, this time at a restaurant in Jonesboro.

The Arkansas Department of Health says an employee at the Steak 'n' Shake, located on E. Parker Rd., tested positive for Hep A, a contagious liver disease.

Anyone who at at the restaurant on June 3, 2018, between 4 and 10:30 p.m. should get a vaccination if they have never had one or are unsure if they have had one.

The Craighead County Local Health Unit, located on E. Washington Ave. in Jonesboro, will hold a walk-in clinic to give vaccinations on June 14 and 15 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For those who don't live in the location but ate at the restaurant, contact a local health unit or doctor.

The Department of Health says the illness can be prevented even after exposure by getting the vaccine or a medicine called immune globulin, but it will need to be given within two weeks of exposure.

Since February, 32 cases of Hep A have been reported in Arkansas.


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