Mayor: Subway closed for biochemical cleaning following Hep A exposure

Mayor: Subway closed for biochemical cleaning following Hep A exposure
Ark. Dept. of Health advising patrons of Subway in Trumann between Jan. 23 - Feb. 6 to be protected against Hepatitis A.

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - Anyone who ate at the Subway in Trumann, 121 Highway 463 North, will need to get vaccinated for Hepatitis A, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

The ADH warns that an employee at the restaurant has tested positive for the virus.

Anyone who ate at the restaurant from Jan. 23 through Feb. 6 should seek vaccination immediately.

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The ADH will host vaccine clinics Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 12-13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Poinsett County Health Unit, 1204 W. Main in Trumann.

The vaccine will provided to the public at no cost.

Anyone who has not been vaccinated against Hep A or are unsure of their vaccination status, should get vaccinated.

On Tuesday, Mayor Barbara Lewallen said the restaurant was closed for “biochemical cleaning" of the entire interior. Once complete, Elam Enterprises will issue a certificate which will be given to the ADH.

“Management wishes to assure customers they are working with the Department of Health to provide a clean, safe environment,” she added on social media.

Trumann Mayor Barbara Lewallen posted on social media Wednesday that the Subway where a worker tested positive for Hep A is being thoroughly cleaned.
Trumann Mayor Barbara Lewallen posted on social media Wednesday that the Subway where a worker tested positive for Hep A is being thoroughly cleaned.

Since February 2018, 276 cases of Hep A have been reported in Northeast Arkansas, including three deaths.

Greene, Craighead, and Clay counties have had the most cases, although there have been cases in Arkansas, Cleburne, Crittenden, Cross, Independence, Jackson, Lawrence, Lee, Logan, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett, Randolph, Sharp and White counties.

The risk of getting Hep A in a food service setting is low, according to the ADH. Restaurants must follow strict protocols for handwashing and glove use. Employees are not allowed to return to work until they are no longer sick.

Hep A is spread primarily through close contacts in the community, not through eating at restaurants, the health department stressed.

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