AState releases more info about Hep A incident

JONESBORO — Arkansas State University learned late Wednesday of the positive Hepatitis A test results from one of their food providers, a press release said.

ASU was notified late yesterday by its food service provider, Sodexo, that one of its workers reported testing positive for the Hepatitis A virus, the release said. At the recommendation of the Arkansas Department of Health, anyone who ate at the Acansa Dining Hall in the Reng Student Center from Oct. 13 to Oct. 24 should seek vaccination immediately if they have never been vaccinated against Hep A or are unsure of their vaccination status.

After the report yesterday, university officials conferred with Sodexo to review its procedures for handling this type of situation.  Sodexo safety officials have inspected all areas, and per the guidelines, have sanitized all areas.

Jonesboro Clinic

Those concerned are encouraged to get a vaccination at the Craighead County Health Department today, or Friday, Oct. 26, during their regular hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Health Department is located at 611 E. Washington Street in Jonesboro.

Campus Clinic

Arkansas State will also hosting the Craighead County Health Department on Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 30, for students, faculty or staff who wish to receive the Hep A vaccination.  The clinic will be conducted from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Reng Student Center on the third floor in the Arkansas River Room located behind the Multicultural Center.

A website has been set up at with more information. ASU also has a special phone number for concerned individuals to call:  870-680-4770.

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