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Norovirus threatens Caribbean cruises

  • Published by Vedat
Just after 10 days another Norovirus incident hits Royal Caribbean International.

cruise-hygieneMore than 60 passengers and 2 crew of The Majesty of the Seas cruise ship experienced gastrointestinal issues, such as vomiting and diarrhea during its Caribbean journey 10 days ago. Again a similar incident happened on Explorer of the Seas. This time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that more than 281 of the 3,050 passengers and 22 of 1,165 crew members reported vomiting and diarrhea.

Royal Caribbean International said those who fell sick have responded well to over-the-counter medication being administered on board the ship.

Explorer of the Seas left Cape Liberty, New Jersey, on January 21 and is scheduled to make stops in St. Thomas and St. Maarten.

Click here to read the Norovirus news we have published earlier

There are no specific medicines for prevention from Norovirus. The best approach is a strict regard for food hygiene. Noroviruses are one of the commonest causes of gastroenteritis. Vomiting and diarrhoea are the most likely symptoms. Others include cramps and mild fever. Symptoms usually emerge 24-48 hours after exposure. The illness typically lasts between one and four days.
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