Anyone who ate at Arkansas Little Caesar's should get hepatitis vaccination, health dept. says

WATCH: Arkansas Hep A outbreak

PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) -- Health officials say anyone who ate at a northeast Arkansas Little Caesar's Pizza should get a hepatitis A vaccination after an employee tested positive for the disease.

The Arkansas Department of Health said Tuesday that anyone who visited the Little Caesar's in Paragould between July 19 and Aug. 2 should seek vaccination and are encouraging all Greene County residents ages 19 to 60 get vaccinated.

The department will have free vaccination clinics during the next two weeks.

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The health department said that the incident at the restaurant brings to 80 hepatitis A cases in the area since February, including one death.

Hepatitis A is contracted by ingesting a tiny amount of fecal matter, is contagious and can be fatal, but is treatable. Symptoms include fever, nausea and jaundice.

Little Caesars released the following statement:

“Little Caesars cares deeply about the well-being of our customers and employees. The Health Department notified us that an employee in an independently owned, franchise store in Paragould, AR was diagnosed with Hepatitis A. We are doing everything we can to ensure a safe environment for our customers and employees. We are going above and beyond the health department’s requirements, including voluntarily closing the store and having it professionally cleaned and sanitized. The store will reopen upon completion. All employees are being vaccinated for the illness before being allowed to return to work. No other cases of illness have been reported.”