Sick Cruise Ships

Wednesday, November 27, 2002
A bout with an unknown illness aboard cruise ships has again reared its ugly head, this time affecting the highly image conciscious Disney aboard its Disney Magic ship. Numerous press reports indicated that at lease 85 people onboard the Disney Magic contracted a "flu-like" illness this week. The news is even more troubling considering that the ship was reportedly disinfected Saturday after 275 people became sick on the Magic's last seven-day trip. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta was conducting tests to identify the virus. Meanwhile, lawyers have filed a suit on behalf of passengers reportedly sickened aboard the Holland America ship Amsterdam, claiming the carrier failed to promptly remove the ship from service for decontamination. The suit seeks class action status for about 500 people who suffered from fevers, headaches and gastrointestinal ailments. (Staff & Wire Reports)

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