Updated with statement from Morimoto Asia – 11/22
Disney Dining Alert: The CDC and Florida Department of Health (DOH-Orange) has issued an alert for patrons who dined in Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs between November 6, 2018 and November 16, 2018 for exposure to Hepatitis A virus. A food service worker at the location tested positive for the virus and anyone who consumed any food or beverage at the restaurant may have been exposed.
According to the DOH, patrons should monitor for the following symptoms: sudden onset of abdominal discomfort, dark urine, fever, diarrhea, and yellow skin and eyes (jaundice). Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention promptly.
Morimoto Asia released the following statement:
“The health, well-being and safety of our guests and employees is our top priority. We are working closely with the health department to ensure the restaurant follows all recommended procedures to protect our guests and employees. For additional information about this notice, please contact the Department of Health Orange County Epidemiology Program at (407) 858-1420.”
If you dined at Morimoto Asia during this time, you could be exposed to the Hepatitis A virus, which is very communicable and potentially deadly (although that’s rare). The good news is that receiving a Hep A vaccine may provide protection if given within two weeks of exposure.
Workers and guests of Morimoto Asia and should call the DOH-Orange at 877-404-3821 and leave a callback number for more information. Your insurance may cover the vaccine, but if not, the DOH-Orange is offering free immunizations to those infected by calling the number above for the location closest to you.
There has been an increase of Hepatitis A infections in Florida prior to this alert. Dealing with an infectious virus over the holidays is no fun for anyone and we wish all exposed a swift recovery and the best of health.