Mystery Illness Sickens Disney's 'Wild Africa Trek' Visitors

By Amir Khan on July 27, 2012 10:26 AM EDT

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Walt Disney World is teaming up with health officials to look into the cause of a mystery illness that has sickened more than 30 people. The illness left the vacationers vomiting for days, and so far, health officials are stumped as to what the cause it. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Walt Disney World is teaming up with health officials to look into the cause of a mystery illness that has sickened more than 30 people. The illness left the vacationers vomiting for days, and so far, health officials are stumped as to what the cause it.

All of the people who became sick went on Disney's "Wild Africa Trek," a VIP experience that allows guests to get up close to hippopotamuses, crocodiles and other animals. The experience comes with a safari-style dinner.

The Orange County Health Department sent inspectors to Disney's Animal Kingdom on June 11 after learning of the sicknesses, which occurred in June and July.

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"Two of those inspections showed no problems, no health violations," Dain Weister of the OCHD, told Fox News. "The inspection was satisfactory."

Disney officials said the areas affected underwent a "deep clean," and staffers have been advised to increase hand-washing measures and hand sanitizer use.

"We are working closely with the Orange County Health Department to review the situation," Disney spokeswoman Andrea Finger told Fox News.

Some of the sickened safari-goers had stomach cramps and vomiting for weeks. Some became so sick the needed to be admitted to the emergency room.

Investigators said they are still trying to track down the source, but said it's possible that it could be related to the Norwalk virus, also known as the norovirus, which is transmitted through contaminated food and water.

Norovirus killed 800 people per year between 1999 and 2007 and is the leading cause of the stomach flu in the United States, according to the study. Norovirus infects more than 20 million people annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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