Officials from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are
beginning an investigation into a stomach flu outbreak that occurred on
a Disney cruise ship last week. Reports state that 131 passengers of varying
ages and 14 crew members fell violently ill aboard
Disney Wonder, which was on a tour between Miami and the Bahamas. There were more than
3,600 people aboard in total.
Once the outbreak became apparent, those who had fallen ill were instructed
to stay within their rooms and cabins for at least 24 hours. Sanitation
efforts were apparently increased to stem the possibility of infection
– handrails were cleaned around the clock and buffet self-service
stations were closed. It is unknown how big of an impact the efforts made,
or if the outbreak even stemmed from
foodborne bacteria. Part of the CDC’s investigations will include stool-sample analysis.
Passengers who wish to file a lawsuit against Disney Cruise Lines for potentially
allowing sanitation standards to slip will need to do so in Florida, where
the company is headquartered. If you fell ill on the
Disney Wonder, or if you have been hurt while aboard another cruise liner,
contact Michael C. Black, P.A. Since 1983, we have been the go-to Miami cruise
ship injury and maritime law attorneys for hundreds of clients. Discover
what sets us apart, and what you should do next for your own claim, during a
free case evaluation with our team.