CEDAR PARK (KXAN) — It’s been a day since the Travis County Health and Human Services reported a Whataburger employee was diagnosed with Hepatitis A. Health officials received five calls on Friday about hepatitis A, but there are no new cases. It’s a health concern that has restaurants mindful of keeping employees safe and healthy.
“I may see someone kind of scratch their face and say, ‘Hey go wash your hands,” said Josh Moore, general manager for Mighty Fine Burgers in Cedar Park. He’s worked in the food industry for ten years and is strict with making sure the restaurant and employees are compliant with health codes.
Moore said if employees are sick, he’ll make them go home and to the doctor.
“We want them to get better because we don’t want the rest of our team to get sick and we don’t want our guest to get sick so we usually send them to the doctor,” said Moore.
Texas law requires hospitals, doctors, schools, and others to report up to nearly 80 different diseases and health conditions to local and state health officials.
Moore said the five big ones for them are Typhoid Fever, Shigella, E. Coli, Norovirus and Hepatitis A. He said it’s unfortunate when incidents happen at different restaurants and they try their best to keep surfaces and hands clean.
Employees are constantly told to wash their hands, change gloves often and stay up-to-date on health rules. The burger joint has a community hands-free washer. People can slip their hands in it without touching anything and get their hands clean.