Disney cruise ship passengers struck down with stomach illness

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention investigating the outbreak
  • 131 passengers and 14 crew members have reportedly suffered sickness
  • Ship left Miami last Wednesday and returned on Sunday from the Bahamas

An investigation is underway after almost 150 people fell ill aboard a Disney cruise ship.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is looking into the outbreak of a stomach bug aboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship last week.

The latest update from the US federal agency states that 131 passengers and 14 crew members reported falling ill.

Almost 150 people fell ill with stomach issues last week on the Disney Wonder cruise ship

Almost 150 people fell ill with stomach issues last week on the Disney Wonder cruise ship

The ship, which had 2,680 passengers and almost 1,000 crew members, left Miami last Wednesday and returned on Sunday after going to the Bahamas.

With the primary symptom vomiting, ill passengers were confined to their rooms for 24 hours but cruise activities weren't affected.

A spokeswoman for Disney Cruise Line said the company implemented additional sanitation measures such as continuous cleaning of handrails.

Self-service stations at buffets and ice cream stations also were discontinued to limit passenger contact with food.  

The ship left Miami last Wednesday and returned on Sunday after going to the Bahamas (pictured)

The ship left Miami last Wednesday and returned on Sunday after going to the Bahamas (pictured)

A CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officer boarded the ship upon arrival in the port of Miami on May 1 to conduct an environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities.

Stool samples were collected by the CDC from those affected by illness on the ship, and these were sent away for testing. 

The last time a Disney ship had a significant illness outbreak was in 2002.

On that occasion there were a reported 175 cases (163 passengers and 12 crew) of gastrointestinal illness, including vomiting and/or diarrhea, on the Disney Magic, according to the CDC.

MailOnline Travel has contacted Disney Cruise Lines for further comment.

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