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.