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Lawsuit alleges Carnival Cruise Lines hot tubs are infested with dangerous, flesh-eating bacteria

July 22, 2013 By NDG Staff carnival ship(PRNewswire)

Just when you thought it was safe to go cruising again, a new Class Action Law Suit claims that Carnival Cruise Lines hot tubs are infested with dangerous, flesh-eating bacteria in a case filed recently.


Tab Lankford, who was cruising on the ship Paradise on December 17, 2011, claims he contracted “hot tub folliculitis” from a Carnival whirlpool. The severe infection nearly cost him his leg. “The entire leg turned black and they wanted to amputate,” said his attorney, John Billera. After a week in the hospital and $70,000 in medical bills later, Lankford’s leg was saved, but he still bears the scars from the flesh-eating infection. When Mr. Lankford contacted Carnival regarding his infection, he claims a guest relations specialist told him that there were more than fifty other passengers on the same cruise who came down with the same illness from using the hot tubs.


And the infested hot tubs are not just limited to one ship. The suit alleges that on the May 12, 2012 voyage of Carnival’s ship the Fascination, Maria Osoriocano and Andrew Smith became severely infected with MRSA and staphylococcus aureus from using its hot tub. Sean Cleary, their attorney, along with Mr. Billera have now filed a class action seeking the names of all persons who have suffered from a bacterial infection after using a Carnival hot tub. “Our clients – and we believe many others – have suffered horrendous infections from bathing in Carnival’s hot tubs,” said Mr. Cleary.

“One problem is that these infections may take a few days to surface. By the time the passengers know they have been exposed, it is often too late to report the problem on the ship.”
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The passenger may have had an infection, but not the "flesh eating" bacteria. From what I understand, that bacteria is fiercly fast.
Why would Carnival reveal 50 others had it?
As for the MRSA people, that can be picked up anywhere. The easiest place to get it is in the hospital.
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Carnival didn't reveal anyone had it - a law firm is trolling for clients - trying to find people to join a class action.

It looks to me like (possibly) Concordia has opened up the concept of a class-action lawsuit against cruise lines and now maybe more people are trying - although to verify that it would help if someone looked up the status if some of those original class action lawsuits filed over Concordia in various states (I think New York was one of them).
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It's only a matter of time before the media starts to spew the story.
I picked up some type of skin infection at a hotel hot tub years ago so now I never ever get into one unless its at my friends house.
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It's only a matter of time before the media starts to spew the story.
I picked up some type of skin infection at a hotel hot tub years ago so now I never ever get into one unless its at my friends house.

My wife worked as a hospital nurse more than 30 years .She can attest that the most likely place to get sick is a hospital .
We will never go into a hot tub or a jacuzzi in a public place .
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I can just see it now, a late night TV commercial that goes some thing like this....

Have you, or someone you know, ever been in a hot tub while cruising on a Carnival Cruise Lines Ship?

Then call the law offices of Dewey, Cheatem, & Howe at 1-800-000-0000.

You may be entitled to a HUGE settlement. Call NOW!!!!
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Indeed, I now avoid hot tubs on most ships and other public places. The warm sea water and all those bodies are just too - something. You never know who has been in there, or what.

I was once in one where someone came along and tested it while we were in it - later in the day I got sick. I should have more careful about not getting my face wet.
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Whatever some people get, from a cold to some type STD, they blame it on the cruise line. And as someone said, the lawyers come out in herds to troll for a catch-- People and lawyers keep on and on and on, trying to find the cruise lines guilty of something so they can get a chink in the armor to start the lawsuits flowing. Now and then, someone may have a legitimate claim and if so, it should be handled as such.
Once these silly claims start making in into court ( if they ever do ) where a jury starts awarding large sums of money, the cruise lines will be out of business, the ships sitting and rusting, or used as floating hotels ( how exciting is that ?) and the average person will no longer be able to cruise.
With regards to the hot tubs and pools, I've never used them and never would. While I would think that the chlorine , suntan oil, lotions and potions of every type would be strong enough to kill most anything, I'd personally just as soon stay out of them.
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While I can understand some people's concern and worry, we've been in hot tubs and steam baths on just about every ship we've ever been on (46 cruises) and have never had any problems whatsoever (or heard of any problems from our more than 2700 clients). Maybe you can say all of us have been lucky, but it's not like we drink the water while in the hot tub and we don't go in them if we have any open sores or cuts.

From what I've heard about this, the person who said they got the flesh eating disease from a hot tub is just looking for money. If one person got it, others would have also gotten it as it wouldn't be limited to just one person and it would have made international news. And as one person noted, it's not something that takes alot of time to develop - this stuff happens relatively quickly, so I have to question the validity of the lawyer's statements and the verifiable facts in the matter.

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I have avoided hot tubs on cruise ships for many years. No respect from fellow passengers, they don't even shower before getting in pool let alone the hot tub.
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How many folks out there would let strangers get into the bathtub with you at home??
Jumping into a hottub with perfect strangers at a hotel, ship or anywhere else just seems like the same thing to me.
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Start policing hot tubs and pools, "family," "kid," and "adult" pools, and keep kids in diapers (including "swim" diapers, AKA "fecal tea bags"!) OUT OUT OUT. Also keep out the kids who are obviously too young to be toilet-trained, and stop taking every parents' word that their kid is toilet-trained. No six-month-old is toilet-trained. NONE.
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I agree a lot of small kids are not toilet trained--- neither are a lot of " adult " drunks! It's not the kids I worry about--it's the adults.
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