Hepatitis A detected in worker at Disney dinner show

A case of hepatitis A was detected in a food service worker at a Walt Disney World dinner show, health officials said.

Officials with the Florida Department of Health said the employee worked at the Hoop-Dee-Doo musical revue at Fort Wilderness Campground.

The health department said it received a report of the hepatitis A case on Jan. 24.

“Our epidemiology staff partnered with Disney to vaccinate employees at the venue last week. Disney continues that process of vaccinating their employees,” health officials said.

Hepatitis A is highly contagious, and usually spreads when an infected person handles food, after not properly washing their hands. In rare cases it can cause liver failure and death.

“Nothing is more important to us than safety. 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,” a spokesperson for Walt Disney World said.

Disney said the restaurant has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.

Disney said it will continue to work with the Department of Health to monitor the situation and has put additional measures in place.

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