Two Ships Report More Than 200 Sick Passengers With Norovirus Infection
Two cruise ships in the Pacific have reported gastronomical illness among passengers, the number of those reaching more than 200 this Monday. Both vessels are to be disinfected in San Diego, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The illness was found to be the norovirus infection, a highly contagious virus that can cause symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea and body aches.
According to statistics from CDC, around 19 to 21 million people get affected with the virus every year, while 1.7 to 1.9 million people make outpatient visits, and 400,000 get admitted in emergency care, most of which young children. Five hundred seventy to 800 deaths are reported every year.
The first ship, Celebrity Infinity, had 2,117 passengers on board, and 106 of them along with six crew members reported symptoms. The second cruise, Legend of the Seas, reported 114 sick passengers among 1,763 on board. Two of the crew members also experienced the same problem.
While the first ship is being disinfected in San Diego, the second ship is expected to be there anytime to undergo the same process. Passengers not affected by the virus were disembarked to reduce the possibility of contamination.
The outbreak of the infection has become a common problem among ships these days, with the CDC reporting five cases in 2015.