Arkansas state health officials are offering free vaccinations to customers of On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina restaurant in Jonesboro, AR who may have been exposed to Hepatitis A. An employee at the restaurant, located at 2324 Red Wolf Blvd., has tested positive for the virus.
A vaccination received up to two weeks after exposure can prevent the onset of illness. Customers who may have been exposed ate at the restaurant between December 13, 2018, and December 27, 2018. The Arkansas Department of Health will offer two free vaccination clinics. One today, January 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Craighead County Health Unit at 611 E Washington Ave. in Jonesboro. The second n January 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the same location.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A is a liver disease transmitted when food or beverages contaminated by the feces of an infected person are ingested. This can happen if an infected restaurant worker does not properly wash hands after using the bathroom.
Some people infected with Hepatitis A may have no noticeable symptoms. Those who do develop symptoms may be ill for months. About one-third of Hepatitis A patients need hospitalization.
Symptoms of a hepatitis A infection include yellow skin, yellow eyes, dark urine, clay-colored stools, fever, nausea, fatigue, abdominal pain, weight loss, and loss of appetite.
Over the last 11 months, 237 people in Arkansas have been diagnosed with Hepatitis A. Two of them have died. Most of the cases have been reported from Greene, Craighead, and Clay counties. But cases have also been reported from Arkansas, Cleburne, Cross, Independence, Jackson, Lawrence, Lee, Logan, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett, Randolph, Sharp and White counties.
Hepatitis A Lawyers
The lawyers on our Hepatitis A team help people sickened by contaminated food. To contact them for a free consultation, call 1-888-377-8900 (toll-free) or fill out a free consultation form.