HEPATITIS A INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN DEXTER
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says that a case of Hepatitis A has been identified in a food handler that worked while potentially contagious at an area restaurant.
Officials say that the food handler worked at Huddle House in Dexter. Members of the public who ate at the Dexter Huddle House between November 21st and December 2nd of this year should watch for symptoms of Hepatitis A and seek medical care if they have symptoms.
Symptoms usually develop between two and seven weeks after exposure and can include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored stools, joint pain, and jaundice.
Hepatitis A is a virus that infects the liver and most people who get Hepatitis A feel sick for several weeks, but they usually recover completely and do not have lasting liver damage. In rare cases, Hepatitis A can cause liver failure and death; this is more common in people older than 50 and in people with other liver diseases.
Health Department officials say that the restaurant, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Senior Services and Stoddard County Health Center, is investigating and has taken necessary control measures to decrease the risk of spreading the illness.
SIKESTON WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WRECK ON US 60
A Sikeston woman was seriously injured Thursday evening in a wreck in New Madrid County.
Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol tell KWOC News that the wreck occurred on US 60 when a vehicle driven by 56 year old Wendy Drake, of Sikeston, pulled into the path of another vehicle.
The wreck occurred around five miles west of Sikeston.
Drake suffered serious injuries and was transported to a Cape Girardeau hospital. No injuries were listed for the driver of the second vehicle.
FISK MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE
Authorities in Butler County have arrested a Fisk man on a felony drug charge.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 45 year old David Burgess was arrested Thursday night on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Burgess also reportedly had a warrant out of Butler County for unlawful use of a weapon.
DEXTER MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WARRANT
A Dexter man was in custody this morning in Stoddard County on a controlled substance warrant.
According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Department, 30 year old Charles Edwards was recently arrested on a warrant for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
Edwards bond was set at $5,000 cash and officials say he remained in jail as of this morning.
POPLAR BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL TO HOST GIFT WRAP FUNDRAISER
An area middle school will be hosting a fundraiser later this month.
The Poplar Bluff Middle School will have a gift wrap fundraiser for St. Jude on Monday, December 18th.
According to a post on the Middle School’s Facebook page, attendees can drop their packages off and there will be no set prices, all that’s being asked for is a monetary donation to St. Jude.
The fundraiser will be held from 3 to 8 pm at the Middle School STEM room.
UNIVESRSITY OF MISSOURI EXTENSION TO HOST THREE NIGHT BEEF PROFIT WORKSHOP SERIES
The University of Missouri Extension will be holding a series of workshops early next year focused on improving profits for beef producers.
The Beef Profit Series workshops in Reynolds County will include topics such as livestock risk management, reducing winter cow costs, and farm lease agreements.
The series will be held at the Reynolds County Extension Education Building in Centerville on January 25th, February 1st, and February 8th.
Space is limited and an RSVP is required. For more information, or to reserve your spot, contact the Reynolds County Extension Office at 573-648-1035.