Six Dozen People On Board California Cruise Ship Stricken Ill
Details of the Cruise Ship Illness
A spokeswoman for Princess Cruises told reporters that 66 passengers and 17 crew members are ill with what is thought to be the Norovirus. Those ill were described as having stomach flu-like symptoms.
The Crown Princess cruise ship departed from Los Angeles for a coastal tour of California on Saturday, April 5. Thursday’s stop in San Diego was a pre-scheduled stop on the cruise’s itinerary. The ship is scheduled to return to Los Angels this Saturday.
About the Norovirus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the Norovirus is the most common cause of food born-disease outbreaks in the United States, resulting in 19-21 million incidences each year. On average of 56,000 to 71,000 people are hospitalized with Norovirus annually which results in 570 to 800 deaths.
Norovirus is described as highly contagious and causes stomach and intestinal inflammation that causes stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Norovirus is contracted from other infected people, contaminated food or water and by touching contaminated surfaces. It is common in foods such as leafy greens, fresh fruits and shellfish.