Published On: Sat, Mar 1st, 2014

Measles outbreak reported on Costa Pacifica cruise ship , dozens affected

There is another cruise liner outbreak being reported and it’s not norovirus. According to the Italian news source, Il Messaggero (computer translated), the Costa Pacifica cruise ship has experienced an outbreak of the viral infection, measles.

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The report states that 59 crew members were sent a shore for medical treatment when the cruise ship docked in the port of Civitavecchia in Italy.

Concerning passengers onboard the cruise ship (loosely translated), “Dozens of passengers, probably infected with the virus that causes measles, were disembarked.

“Many were unwell with fever and medical staff on board the ship, the first symptoms, he found the possible affection from measles. would be at least 9 people already hospitalized at the hospital Spallanzani in Rome, but others, from the port were transferred to hospitals in the capital and Orbetello.”

The cruise line says no passengers have been confirmed as positive for the virus–“The outbreak of measles that was recorded on the cruise ship Costa Pacifica hit only the members of the crew, who were landed and isolated in accordance with the procedures hygiene and health requirements. “No suspected case of passengers who are on board, and no passenger has been landed or hospitalized – specifies the company -. All passengers have been adequately informed of the situation by the Captain of the ship.”

The cruise line said appropriate health protocols and measures have been applied and they are working closely with authorities.

There is no official statement on the company’s website as of this report.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus of the same name.

Measles spreads through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing. It is so contagious that any child who is exposed to it and is not immune will probably get the disease.

Measles, or rubeola causes fever, runny nose, cough and a rash all over the body.

There can be complication from measles–ear infections, pneumonia and encephalitis. For about one or two out of 1,000 people that contract it, it turns out to be fatal.

Prevention of measles is through vaccination.

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