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Unknown illness affects Disney tour guests

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Jul 27, 2012 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
Walt Disney World is searching for the cause of an illness affecting more than 30 of their guests. In June and July, more than 30 theme park visitors became ill with a stomach bug after partaking in Disney's Wild Africa Trek. The paid three-hour tour takes place at Animal Kingdom and sends guests on a safari ride, as well as a hike through animal habitats and dinner at a bush camp on the savannah. The Orange County Health Department began investigating the illnesses on June 11 and on two separate occasions, gave the food prep areas a clean bill of health. No problems or health violations were found.


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The guests' symptoms included stomach pain, cramping, vomiting and diarrhea. The outbreak may be related to the Norwalk virus, but strangely, has only affected guests on this one tour. Dain Weister, spokesman for the Orange County Health Department, said, "We just don't know if this is something related to food, water, something on a surface they touched, or just passed on person-to-person. We believe this is under control. We're trying to find the source so no one else gets sick."

Disney has continued to deep clean anything that guests may touch and are asking their guests to be sure to sanitize regularly. In their interviews, the health department found that the people who didn't get sick were the ones who washed their hands or used hand sanitizer often.





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