Many news outlets are telling the NoroVirus story that has hit many in the Cruise world. The latest is from Australia. A ship from there began Aug 21 on a 22-day voyage that ended September 13 in Juneau, Alaska.
Many passengers took ill and the CDC greeted the ship with their team of investigators. Queensland, Australia has been hit real bad with the virus. Many of those people were onboard. The norovirus issue is not going away.
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In February of this year, more than 300 people were sickened on the Crown Princess. Then 100 passengers on the Ruby Princess got sick. Then AGAIN on the Crown Princess. That time 374 passengers and 32 crew members got ill. Three days of quarantine is the usual treatment.
Norovirus causes your stomach and intestines to become inflamed, giving you stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. The bug causes about 70,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths.
In 2012, a new strain of norovirus was discovered in Sydney. It is called GII4. It’s a mutated version that is very powerful and is called the “Ferrari of Viruses.” It is credited with 60 percent of all norovirus outbreaks in the USA.
It can be spread by undercooked food or by contact with a surface
Cruise ship tips:
- Wash hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds.
- Use a towel to open bathroom doors.
- Stick to cooked foods.
- Don’t; shake hands – use the fist bump.
- Use the hand sanitizers – and bring your own.
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