Hepatitis A outbreak affecting northern part of Arkansas

Local News

2018 July 23

The Medical Center of South Arkansas says Hepatitis A is not something it sees very often.

“It’s really; it’s something you kind of see with outbreaks,” Corey Sharp, Director of Infection 
Control.

But now an outbreak in the northern part of Arkansas is being blamed for at least one death.

“It’s just a really highly contagious viral infection that’s caused by the Hepatitis a virus.

There are several strains of Hepatitis.  A, B, and C, are the most common. 

Hepatitis a is contracted from something that we all come in contact with frequently.

“Hepatitis a is the one we really see associated with the contamination of water and food with fecal matter.”

The disease causes inflammation of the liver and leading to symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite.

But there are precautions we can all take when you travel this summer.

“You want to make sure you don’t eat any raw or undercooked meat,” said Sharp. “Fruits and vegetables especially. You want to make sure you’re peeling them yourself and washing them beforehand.”

Also, if you’re unsure of the water source at your destination, drink bottled water and if you can’t make sure to boil the water first.

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