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Mysterious Illness Breaks Out on Animal Kingdom’s Wild Africa Trek

If you had the pleasure of going on the upgrade experience ‘Wild Africa Trek‘ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in June or July, you might have taken home an unwelcome guest with you. The Orange County Health System and Walt Disney World report that a stomach bug was causing violent illnesses in many guests who just just been on the adventure experience.

While contracting a bug on vacation is not all that common, it’s not unheard of either. All it takes is one sick person touching a common surface and that other guests then interact with. Even that’s not enough, it turns out guests who went on the ‘Wild Africa Trek’ but used either hand sanitizer or frequently washed their hands, did not develop the symptoms.

Since learning of the outbreak Disney has added extra hand sanitizer stations and performed a thorough cleaning of surfaces and equipment and the bug has gone away. The County has also inspected the kitchens where the food for Wild Africa Trek is prepared and found no problems.

The lesson here is to maintain healthy cleanliness habits even when on vacation. And if you’re not feeling well, particularly with a stomach bug, please don’t come and spread your germs to everyone else.

Would you change you vacation plans if your cruise ship or theme park experience had just reported an outbreak of illness?

(via CF News 13)