Cruise ships are supposed to be places of fun and relaxation. After all, many Americans choose to go on cruises for their yearly vacations. However, some people on a recent cruise ended up with a not-so-great experience.
When a Diamond Princess Cruise ship docked in Sydney, Australia this past Sunday, a total of 158 people on board had contracted norovirus gastroenteritis. All those who were infected were treated by the ship’s doctor.
The ship, which had traveled from New Zealand to Sydney as part of a 12-day cruise, had approximately 4,000 passengers on board. Some passengers blamed the unknown first person to become ill for not notifying the ship’s crew of the illness. They said that this was the reason the virus became so widespread.
Other passengers, however, praised the crew’s handling of the situation. They cited that the crew kept them informed and provided staff to serve dishes that were previously self-serve to cut the risk of contamination.
It should be taken into consideration that norovirus is not a “cruise ship” virus. It is a virus that is easily spread where a great number of people gather together with limited space. This can include hotels, dormitories, and nursing homes.
Symptoms of norovirus are like what many people call the ‘stomach flu.’ They include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and intestinal cramps.
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