Norwalk Virus at WDW?

| December 22, 2008

Norwalk Virus – Two words that no traveler wants to hear.  The virus is characterized by “nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. General lethargy, weakness, muscle aches, headache, and low-grade fever may occur. Symptoms may persist for several days and may become life-threatening in the young, the elderly, and the immune-compromised if dehydration is ignored or not treated.”

The most common outbreaks of Norwalk Virus have been reported on Cruise ships in recent years, but several reports on our discusion boards (, seem to indicate that an outbreak might be happening at Walt Disney World.  (CLICK Here for more info) visitor ‘EpcotBeauty’ posted “It took my family out one by one during our 8 night stay. It came on viciously and violently. It started out with nausea and then forceful vomiting and diarrhea for about 8 hours. It was so bad that all of us had accidents and could not make it to the bathroom (to vomit) at least a few times. The staff at the YC (Yacht Club) and BC (Beach Club) were wonderful and told us that they and SSR (Saratoga Springs Resort) had been hit the hardest. There were literally guests puking outside of the resort, in the food courts and bathrooms!”

Several other site visitors are reporting that while they were on vacation, or shortly after arriving home, they became ill with symptoms similar to those attributed to Norwalk.

There have not been any official reports to confirm a Norwalk outbreak as of yet, but anyone traveling in the next few weeks is advised to take some simple precautions to help avoid catching the virus.

The Center for Disease Control recommends the following:

- Frequently wash your hands, especially after toilet visits and changing diapers and before eating or preparing food.

- Carefully wash fruits and vegetables, and steam oysters before eating them.

- Thoroughly clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces immediately after an episode of illness by using a bleach-based household cleaner.

- Immediately remove and wash clothing or linens that may be contaminated with virus after an episode of illness (use hot water and soap).

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  • Cyrano

    Good advice on hygiene at all times.
    Thoughts go out to anyone affect by illness during what should be a wonderful time on holiday at WDW :)

  • mouse skywalker

    Here’s a piece of advice that my daughter’s daycare centers once said that stuck with me. You need to wash your hands with soap for about 2 minutes for it to be effective. While washing your hands sing the ABCs or Happy Birthday, and that will be about long enough. I’ve caught myself doing it too when I want to make sure I do a really good job washing my hands. I’ll just sing “Happy Birthday” to myself in my head.

  • jazzy1

    While washing your hands for 2 min is a great piece of advice, when you are at the parks as my family and I were over the New Year’s holidays with peak crowds of 95K; it is vertually impossible to avoid. Needless to say 3 of the 9 of my family members were affected at different severities, myself included. I have been in health care for many years and surely am aware of good handwashing techniques.


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