More fast food workers diagnosed with hepatitis A

Health officials in West Virginia say two more food service workers have been diagnosed with hepatitis A.

One of the workers who contracted the highly contagious disease worked at a Taco Bell in Hurricane and the other worked at a Pizza Hut in Charleston, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department said in a news releases, the Associated Press reported.

Customers who dined at the establishments between May 19 and June 12 are recommended to monitor for symptoms of the virus.

According to the Associated Press, department director of environment health services Stanley Mills said no unsafe food handling practices were identified at either of the restaurants.

In a statement from Taco Bell to Fox News, the fast food chain said the employee is currently on leave.

"The team member in question is on leave and won’t return to work until cleared by medical professionals. All team members currently working at this restaurant have been vaccinated, and the restaurant was thoroughly sanitized. Additionally, all team members have been offered additional training on illness policies and procedures. Ensuring the health and wellbeing of our team members and our customers is our highest priority, which is why we are taking this matter so seriously."

Recently the state has been hit with dozens of hepatitis A cases – mostly occurring in the Kanawha and Putnam counties.


Hepatitis A is a liver disease that can be spread through contact with an infected person, or ingesting contaminated food or drink.