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Published On: Wed, Apr 9th, 2014

Princess Cruises: Suspected norovirus outbreak on the ‘Crown Princess’ sickens 83

A weeklong California Coast cruise has been hit by a suspected norovirus outbreak, according to Princess Cruises.

In a statement from Princess Cruises Manager of Media Relations, Public Relations, Karen Candy says there has been 83 individuals affected so far (currently 66 passengers and 17 crew members), which have been isolated to there cabins.

Norovirus Image/CDC

Norovirus Image/CDC

The cruise line has implemented enhanced sanitation procedures onboard Crown Princess to interrupt the person-to-person spread of this illness.

The 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; encouraging passengers to use correct hand washing procedures and enhancing this with the use of hand sanitizing gels placed throughout the ship; isolating ill passengers in cabins until non-contagious; encouraging passengers to use their own cabin’s bathroom facilities; and providing regular verbal and written communication to passengers about steps they can take to stay well while onboard.

Crown Princess is currently sailing on a seven-day California Coast cruise roundtrip from Los Angeles that departed April 5.

Norovirus is a highly contagious viral illness that often goes by other names, such as viral gastroenteritis, stomach flu, and food poisoning.

The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and some stomach cramping. Sometimes people additionally have a low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and a general sense of tiredness. The illness often begins suddenly, and the infected person may feel very sick. In most people, the illness is self-limiting with symptoms lasting for about 1 or 2 days. In general, children experience more vomiting than adults do.

Norovirus is spread person to person particularly in crowded, closed places. Norovirus is typically spread through contaminated food andwater, touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus and then putting your hand or fingers in your mouth and close contact with someone who is vomiting or has diarrhea.

Norovirus causes more than 20 million illnesses annually, and it is the leading cause of gastroenteritis outbreaks in the United States.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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