Health officials warn of hepatitis A in western Arkansas

A Little Caesars employee in Arkansas tested positive for Hepatitis A

A Little Caesars employee in Arkansas tested positive for Hepatitis A

Residents are reacting after a Paragould Little Caesars employee tested positive for Hepatitis A.

The Arkansas Department of Health is issuing a warning after a fast food worker tested positive for Hepatitis A.

Myatt said he felt fine Tuesday, but his mom is not taking any chances after reading about the Health Department's warning on Facebook. Typical symptoms of hep A include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

"This case appears to be related to travel outside of the state and is not thought to be part of the current hep A outbreak in Northeast Arkansas".

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Vaccination clinics are planned in Sebastian County, and shots will be provided at no cost, health officials said.

Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek care immediately. Illness can last for months, though permanent damage is rare. People getting the vaccing should bring their insurance cards and driver's licenses if they have them and enter from the west side of the park near the Parrot Island entrance, according to the news release. The hep A vaccine is safe and effective.

Hepatitis A is contracted by ingesting a tiny amount of fecal matter, is contagious and can be fatal, but is treatable. These behaviors have likely reduced the risk of illness to the public.

Officials say there is no known risk to anyone who ate at this Red Lobster location after August 4.

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