Health officials in Arkansas continue to report a hepatitis A outbreak, particularly in the northeast counties.


Since February 2018, 303 cases and at least 3 deaths have been reported as part of this outbreak. Greene, Clay, Poinsett and Craighead counties have reported the most cases.

The hepatitis A outbreaks in all 18 affected states are among injection and non-injection drug users, homeless populations, and men who have sex with men (MSM). 

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, highly contagious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV).

The hepatitis A vaccine is safe, effective and given as two shots, six months apart. Both shots are needed for long-term protection. It can be given to people with compromised immune systems, and getting extra doses of the vaccine is not harmful.