ORLANDO, Fla. — A Walt Disney World restaurant employee has temporarily stepped away from work after testing positive for hepatitis A.
According to CBS affiliate WKMG, the employee works at the frontier-themed restaurant Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort. The facility was immediately cleaned and sanitized after Disney learned about the worker's diagnosis.
“Nothing is more important to us than safety," a Disney spokesperson told WKMG. "Upon learning this news, we immediately began working with the Florida Department of Health in Orange County. The impacted cast member has not worked since being diagnosed and will not return until officially cleared by the Department of Health. We are not aware of anyone else becoming ill and continue to be engaged with the Department of Health to ensure we have all of the right processes in place to protect our cast members and guests."
Disney told the TV station it would be launching extra safety measures and making hepatitis A vaccines available to all employees.
Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus that attacks the liver. Symptoms may include yellowing of the skin and eyes, fever, diarrhea, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach pain, dark-colored urine or pale stool.
If you notice any of these symptoms, immediately seek medical attention. Most people recover over time, but some need to be hospitalized.
The Florida Department of Health confirms there is no mandated routine testing for food workers—but there are strict standards for hand-washing and glove use.
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