CRUISE NEWS: Over 100 Holland America Passengers Fall Ill in Suspected Norovirus Outbreak

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A Holland America cruise ship has departed from Tampa following and outbreak of what the company suspects to be Norovirus. The ship set sail for the Caribbean after a thorough sanitation process and inspection by the CDC.

After departing from Rome, Italy on Nov. 3, 86 passengers and 16 crew members aboard the ms Oosterdam reported symptoms typical of Norovirus, the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis in US adults. Affected passengers were isolated to their cabins, while the crew began a sanitation process that involved the disinfection of elevator […]

158 Passengers Hit with Norovirus Aboard Diamond Princess

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Earlier today, an Australia media outlet reported 158 passengers aboard Diamond Princess contracted the Norovirus during a 12-day cruise from Sydney to New Zealand.  The cruise ship arrived in Sydney this morning.

The Norovirus causes inflammation of the stomach and intestines resulting in severely uncomfortable nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. Local health authorities were notified by Princess Cruises of the outbreak.

Director of the South Eastern Sydney local health district, Professor Mark Ferson, reported 158 of the 4,000 passengers and a number of crew members […]