Second Norovirus Outbreak on Star Princess
Sixty-one passengers on board the Star Princess cruise ship have fallen ill due to norovirus. The Princess Cruises-operated vessel completed a 15-day Hawaiian cruise on October 4 and is currently docked at its homeport in Vancouver.
Reports say that two passengers were transported from the dock to the hospital via an ambulance. Another norovirus-stricken passenger fell so ill he decided to fly home instead of re-boarding the ship in Hawaii.
Norovirus is generally not deadly, but causes vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain and is transmitted through contaminated food, water or by person-to-person contact.
Star Princess had 2,590 passengers on board at the time, and the crew tried to slow the spread of sickness by conducting a sanitation cleaning and campaign throughout the vessel. Passengers who contracted the virus were urged to remain in their staterooms until symptoms subsided. maritime-executiv...
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