66 passengers and 17 crew members on the Crown Princess came down with the norovirus. This virus has plagued the cruise industry in 2014. It’s a contagious gastrointestinal issue that will give those who contract it vomiting, diarrhea, and a feeling of malaise. The sick are quarantined for 3 days.
The Crown Princess was in Santa Barbara Wednesday. The ship is on a seven-day Central California cruise.
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Princess Cruises is scrambling to end the spread and said: “Our sanitation program has been developed in coordination with the CDC and includes such measures as thorough disinfection of high-touch surfaces like railings, door handles and elevator buttons.”
Hand sanitizers are placed around the ship. People need to be aware and not touch their mouth or face. It’s spread by contact with the fingers that often later touch the eyes or mouth. In cafeteria settings onboard, passengers can benefit by using tongs and even using napkins while holding the tongs. You never know what the person in front of you has.
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