Restaurant employee tested positive for hepatitis A, outbreak reported in northeast Arkansas

WATCH: Hep A breakout in Truman, Arkansas

TRUMAN, Ark. — If you've recently eaten at a Subway in Trumann, Arkansas you could have been exposed to hepatitis A.

The Arkansas Health Department is warning people about a hepatitis A outbreak after a Subway employee tested positive for the disease. 

"Anyone who ate at the Subway restaurant at 121 Hwy 463 North, Trumann, Ark. from Jan. 23 through Feb. 6, 2019 should seek vaccination immediately if they have never been vaccinated against hep A or are unsure of their vaccination status," according to the AHD.

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It's good to know that hep A can be prevented after exposure by getting the vaccine or a medicine called globulin. These methods work best if given within two weeks of exposure to the virus.

The ADH will host vaccine clinics February 12 and 13 at the Poinsett County Health Unit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. located at 1204 W. Main St.

The vaccine will be given to the public at no cost.

Symptoms for 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), according to the ADH.

High priority groups for getting the hep A vaccine include -- 

  • Anyone who has had close contact with someone who has hep A
  • Food workers
  • People who use drugs, whether injected or not
  • People experiencing homelessness, transient, or unstable housing
  • People who have been recently incarcerated

For more information about the Hep A outbreak in Arkansas, visit

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