Hepatitis A Confirmed in Morimoto Asia Worker; Vaccinations Recommended for November Patrons

Local news in Orlando is reporting that the Florida Department of Health has identified a hepatitis A infection in a worker among food service staff at the popular Disney Springs restaurant Morimoto Asia.

According to ABC’s WFTV Channel 9, officials are encouraging vaccinations for guests who patronized the Walt Disney World Resort establishment between November 6th and November 16th of this year.

The Florida Department of Health said those experiencing “sudden abdominal discomfort, dark urine, fever, diarrhea or jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes)” should seek medical care immediately.

Department of Health spokesperson Kent Donahue was quoted as saying, “Hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin (IG) may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks after exposure. Therefore, those who consumed food or beverage at the restaurant between Nov. 6, 2018, and Nov. 16, 2018, should promptly contact their health care provider to receive vaccination.”

Uninsured residents of Orange County, Florida can make appointments at these locations for complimentary vaccinations:

  • 6101 Lake Ellenor Drive, Orlando, FL 32809 (for ages 19 and older)
    Phone: 407-723-5054
  • 832 W. Central Blvd., Orlando, FL 32805
    Phone: 407-858-1444

Those who have received two doses of the hepatitis A vaccine in the past do not need another vaccination; neither do those who have previously had hepatitis A.

While located on Walt Disney World property, the pan-Asian restaurant is not owned by The Walt Disney Company; Morimoto Asia is part of the Patina Restaurant Group owned by Delaware North Companies, Incorporated, who have yet to comment on the situation.

Concerned customers may call 877-404-3821 and leave their information and a call-back number.

For more information regarding the Department of Health’s notice, contact their epidemiology program at 407-858-1420.

Source: WFTV Channel 9 (ABC)


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