Franklin County Hep. A possible

Franklin County health officials are planning mass hepatitis A vaccinations as the county grapples with an ongoing outbreak of the highly contagious liver infection.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Tuesday an employee at the Bob Evans restaurant in Washington, was infected while working shifts from Aug. 3 through Aug. 10.

The DHSS said it was "uncommon" for restaurant patrons to catch hepatitis A from a sick food handler, but said anyone who dined at Bob Evans between Aug. 3 and 12 should get vaccinated as a precaution.

The county health department is administering a mass vaccination from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday at 414 East Main Street, Union; and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday at the same location.

According to the DHSS website, the state has since September 2017 seen an increase in hepatitis A cases, and has linked 400 cases "to an ongoing outbreak in Missouri."