JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - People who ate at a Corning Flash Market/Subway may have been exposed to Hepatitis A.
The Arkansas Department of Health warned Friday of possible exposure after an employee at the Flash Market/Subway, 105 North Missouri Ave., tested positive for the virus.
Health officials say anyone who ate at the business between March 30 and April 7 should seek immediate care if they have never been vaccinated against the contagious liver disease or if they are unsure of their vaccine status.
The Clay County Local Health Unit (LHU) in Corning will hold a walk-in clinic to provide vaccinations against Hep A from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21. The LHU is located at 301 N. Missouri Ave., Suite 18. The clinic will also be open from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 23.
Those who cannot attend the clinic will need a vaccine or medicine in the next week to prevent illness, the ADH stated.
Anyone who at the business but does not live in the area should contact their LHU or healthcare provider.
So far this year, 12 cases of Hepatitis A have been reported in Clay County, according to the state health department. Four of the cases involved food service workers. The ADH recommends that all food service workers in Clay County be vaccinated.
"This rise in cases is concerning," said Dr. Dirk Haselow, State Epidemiologist. "We are encouraging everyone in the county and surrounding areas to be aware of the risk factors for getting Hep A. If you are engaged in any of these risky behaviors, please get vaccinated. If you experience symptoms, visit your healthcare provider."
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