KOSM – The Department of Health in Arkansas uses a map to help track the outbreak of hepatitis after another exposure report recently released in Arkansas. eastern part of Arkansas.  ADH has tracked 382 cases of hepatitis A since February 2018, most of them in northeastern Arkansas. The Greens and Craighead districts have had the highest number of cases in the last 18 months, with each of them having over 100 cases.
The latest outbreak is linked to a McDonald's eventual exposure in Truman, located in the Poyset County in eastern Arkansas. According to a press release from ADH, anyone who ate at McDonald's 500 Industrial Drive Drive between July 9 and 16 may be exposed and should immediately seek a hepatitis A vaccine if he is not vaccinated or is unsure of the status take a vaccine.
There are no specific treatments for those suffering from hepatitis A. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, bowel movements, joint pain and jaundice (yellowing of eyes or skin). The illness may last from a few weeks to several months.
HAPA A spreads from person to person when a person swallows it up by faecal matter by contacting objects, food, or drinks contaminated with stools from an infected person. Poor sanitation and poor hygiene are the biggest contributor to the spread of the disease, ADH says. The infected person can transmit the disease to someone within two weeks before the symptoms of the infected person occur if they occur at all.
The map shows only two counties in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley with reported cases. Both Washington County and Logan County show less than 5 cases, according to the map.
The Logan District case may be linked to an employee in a Fort Smith restaurant that he tested positively in August 2018.
The Washington District case was reported in May that it was linked to the epidemic across the country, considered isolated.