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Arkansas Hepatitis Outbreak Likely to Grow

Arkansas Hepatitis Outbreak Likely to Grow

An Arkansas health official says a hepatitis A outbreak in northeast Arkansas is likely to grow.

State epidemiologist Dirk Haselow told The Jonesboro Sun that other states have seen outbreaks continue for more than a year and more cases are expected in Arkansas.

The outbreak began in February and includes restaurants in Corning, Walnut Ridge and Paragould with 83 people infected as of Friday. A person in western Arkansas has also tested positive for the disease.

State Health Department spokeswoman Me Mirivel said the state generally sees three or four cases of hepatitis A per year.

Hepatitis A is a potentially fatal liver disease and is blamed for one death. It is treatable and the health department has offered vaccinations in affected areas.

-- AP

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