We’ve talked about the Norovirus many times on this blog. It’s an easy topic to write about. It continues to happen.
You may want to refresh on the topic if you forgot or if you are new to this site. Bottom line, it’s the gastrointestinal illness that is spread from e-Coli contaminated objects.
I won’t mention any cruise lines by name, but did you know that one ship has had six (6) norovirus outbreaks since 2010! A different cruise line has suffered through 18 cases of GI sicknesses reported to the CDC since 2010. A very recent ship had almost 10% of the pax get sick!
Here are some thoughts. Five simple ones on why:
If person gets sick, he/she will be vomiting and otherwise spewing fluids. Guess who gets to clean it all up? Yup, the same crew that has all their other work to do.
The CDC monitors all reports of incidents. Cruise ships participating in the Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) are required to report the total number of gastrointestinal (GI) illness cases evaluated by the medical staff at least 24 hours before the ship arrives at a U.S. port. If the GI illness count exceeds 2% of the total number of passengers or crew onboard, separate notice must sent. The CDC may send staff to investigate.