Three Separate Norovirus Outbreaks Sickens Hundreds of Cruise Ship Passengers


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), three separate outbreaks of norovirus that affected more than 100 people each have been reported aboard two cruise liners: Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises.


Two of the norovirus outbreaks struck the same ship: Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas. During the ship’s April 5-12 cruise, over 100 of the nearly 3,000 passengers and crew were sickened, primarily by vomit and diarrhea. During the ship’s cruise the prior week, 117 passengers and crew were also sickened by norovirus, according to the CDC. The third outbreak affected Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess during a week-long cruise that ended on April 11; in all, 152 of the more-than 4,000 passengers and crew were sickened.

Norovirus is a highly infectious virus that can be picked up through contaminated food or water or by touching contaminated surfaces. It causes inflammation of the stomach, intestines or both, often leading to stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

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