November 17, 2014 — At least 172 people on a Crown Princess cruise ship have been infected with norovirus, a highly-contagious virus that causes vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and body aches for about 3 days.
There were about 4,100 people on the month-long voyage from Los Angeles to Hawaii to Tahiti. Some of them began showing symptoms of gastrointestinal illness a few days into the trip. Those passengers and crew members were treated on board.
Staff from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will meet the ship when it arrives in San Pedro to investigate the outbreak and the cruise line’s response. The ship will undergo a thorough cleaning in San Pedro before embarking for the Mexican Riviera, according to a spokeswoman for Crown Princess.
In April 2014, another norovirus outbreak on the same ship sickened 129 people during a 7-day cruise off the California coast, according to ABC News. The ship underwent the same deep cleaning after it was docked. Click here to read more.
Norovirus outbreaks have plagued the cruise ship industry this year. In January and February, over 1,000 people were sickened in five outbreaks on four separate cruise lines.
Typically, people showing symptoms are confined to their cabins to prevent the spread of illness. Crown Princess has stepped up sanitation efforts by placing hand-sanitizing gel throughout the ship. Passengers are also advised to use the bathrooms in their own cabins.
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