Disney Cruise Ship Under Investigation After Stomach Flu Outbreak

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 Cassidy & 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.