We were on the Magic 8/3-8/10 cruise. We had a terrific cruise. Great weather. Great servers. Great entertainment. Great excursions. We all really had a fabulous time. Even my poor baby would say she had a fabulous time despite the painful experience she had. But (isn't there always one with a thread of this kind)? Anyway, the but is my DD8 contracted a staph infection while on the cruise. She started out with 4 bug bites of some kind on the back of her right thigh. I thought mosquito bites. My DH thought perhaps she had been bitten by a spider as one of the bites had a little hole in it so he worried about brown recluse and all. The bug bites started to swell up and get red & irritated. Now, we brought the whole dang medicine cabinet but forgot our anti-itch creme! She started complaining that it was difficult to sit down and on Mazatlan day we took her to the ship health ctr to see what they recommended. A nurse just looked at her and sold my dh some anti-itch creme and benadryl. She took that and it started to feel better but thigh was still getting redder and bigger like a goose egg. She was limping now. By the next evening, I noticed a blackness underneath the skin under the biggest bite & she was starting to get fever. We did have ibuprofen which I gave her, but ship dr. closed until am. First thing in the am, back to ship dr. But before we could get there, her leg started literally dripping blood and ooze from the bite area. She did see a ship dr. this time and he diagnosed boil. Said she didn't have bites. Weird cuz I know what bug bites look like and that is what she had. He was gentle with her and squeezed as much ooze/blood out of her leg as he could. (Didn't use gloves/universal precautions though!) He prescribed some zithromax and told us to keep her out of youth activities and pool for rest of cruise. This was on Friday morning with the last 2 days being Sea Days. We were also to come back Sat morning for eval. We brought her back Sat morning, and this time 3 drs saw her. They changed diagnosis from boil to staph infection. They did say she probably did have bug bites that just got infected. The also again told us to keep her out of the pools/hot tubs. And, again they squeezed as much blood/ooze out of her main bite as they could (again no gloves..weird!) Finally, they prescribed bactrum for her to take. Also my dh said it was the nurses who used gloves and made suggestions to the drs about possible diagnosis too. As my dh was leaving the health ctr, an older gentlemen was coming in complaining of the same thing...oozing sore on his arm. This got me thinking. My husband has always thought pools/hot tubs are a cesspool of germs. Couldn't get him in them except for once the entire cruise. They did drain the Mickey Pool at least twice that I know of for "environmental reasons". Could my daughter have picked up the staph infection from the pools/hot tubs? She did play in both the Mickey Pool and the Goofy Pool and the Goofy Pool Hot Tubs. Do any of you medical people out there know if by scratching her bug bites any pool/tub bacteria like staph could have gotten in there and caused such an infection? We don't know what the other gentleman's diagnosis was, and no she wasn't ever in the pools/hot tubs again after we saw the black mark under her skin Thurs night. She didn't start oozing until Fri morning. We would never knowingly pass something like that on to somebody. When we got home, I did do some research on spider bites. Brown Recluse seem to get much bigger necrotic area and much faster than hers did. Her biggest sore was about adult baby fingernail size. We took her to our dr. here at home and she said without a culture done at the time, it would be difficult to know now for sure whether it was staph infection or poisonous spider bite (although prob not brown recluse since didn't progress as fast as those do). You see we had 3 days after cruise at Disneyland (she didn't ride water rides there either and we had to get her a stroller because there is no way she could have walked all over the parks limping) She also couldn't do the water park at Howard Johnson's that we had specifically booked for that reason. We applied the ointment/gauze/ace bandage several times a day and she took the antibiotics they gave her and eventually all 4 bites did ooze, but none worse than the first one. Slowly they stopped oozing, and yesterday was the first day we could leave her unbandaged. They are now starting to scab over. But, the skin around it looks very red like it may scar. We are in process of submitting bills to trip insurance, so I'm not really concerned about reimbursement. I just mainly wondered if this has happened to anyone before while on a cruise ship & if you felt you got it from the pools/hot tubs. When I heard staph, I almost freaked out because I have heard of people dying from that. Thanks.