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Agency warns of hepatitis exposure at Arkansas restaurant


CORNING, Ark. (AP) - State health officials say people who visited a Taco Bell restaurant in northeast Arkansas may have been exposed to hepatitis A after an employee tested positive for the virus.

The health department says the affected restaurant is in Corning, about 150 miles (241 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock. The department says anyone who ate food from that Taco Bell between Jan. 24 and Feb. 7 may have been exposed to the virus, which can cause fever, fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain and other symptoms.

The department says people who ate at the restaurant should talk to their doctor about getting vaccinated or receiving an immune globulin treatment.

The Clay County health units in Corning and Piggot will hold special walk-in clinics at the following times:

*         Friday, February 16 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Corning and Piggot locations.

*         Saturday, February 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Corning location.

*         Sunday, February 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Corning location.

*         Monday, February 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Corning location.