LOS ANGELES – More than 400 hundred passengers, including members of the crew, on board two luxury cruise ships in the Caribbean have fallen ill. The passengers were part of a special Christmas cruise.
NDJ World | Published: Dec 30 2012 Travel
Hundreds of travelers on board the luxury yachts had to vomit and were plagued with severe diarrhea. More than likely they contracted the very contagious Norovirus.
194 passengers and 11 crew members became sick on board the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship and 189 passengers and 31 crew members got ill on board the Emerald Princess.
The Queen Mary 2 had 3,800 people on board at the time the illness struck while the Emerald Princess was carrying 4,400 people.
Lab tests are being conducted to determine the exact cause and type of illness but American health services are convinced they are dealing with the Norovirus.
The Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes stomach and intestine infections which lead to severe cramps followed with vomiting and diarrhea. The severity of infections subside after 48 hours.
The virus can be deadly for the very young and seniors. American health organizations state that the Norovirus is quite common on ships, because, just like in hospitals, it can easily spread from person to person.
Both cruise liners have taken measures to avoid such epidemics in the future by informing passengers before leaving the shore and by implementing stricter cleaning requirements.
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