Health officials investigate illness cluster linked to Disney tour
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
It's a medical mystery at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom. The Orange County Health Department can not pinpoint the exact cause of an illness that struck some people who participated in a special tour at the park.
The Wild Africa Trek is a paid tour which gives visitors a close up look at the animals. Health officials said several dozen people became sick during the first week of June after going on that tour, but they can not determine the exact cause of the intestinal illness and said they can't find a single thing Disney did wrong that would have led to this.
"We just don't know, at this point, if this could be something related to food or water, or something someone drank, something that came from a surface they touched, or just passed on person to person," said Dain Weister with the Orange County Health Department.
Health officials said none of the sick people stayed at the hospital overnight and many of them never went to see a doctor.
Disney issued a statement on Wednesday regarding the health department's investigation:
"We are working closely with the Orange County Department of Health to review the situation. While health officials have not recommended any measures at this time, we have taken steps such as deep cleaning surfaces and adding more hand sanitizers."