Norovirus attacks travelers on two cruise ships

Norovirus attacks travelers on two cruise ships

As per the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100 passengers and crew got infected with norovirus during a two-week cruise from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego.

Members of the CDC's Vessel Sanitation Program boarded the Celebrity Infinity in order to conduct an outbreak investigation aboard the cruise liner. They boarded the ship when it docked in downtown San Diego.

In a statement, Celebrity Cruises said, "During the sailing, we took a number of steps to prevent the transmission of the illness, including implementing enhanced cleaning procedures and protocols, and using special cleaning products and disinfectants".

All ships with foreign routes carrying 13 or more passengers need to inform the CDC in case of gastrointestinal illness. The CDC looks into the matter when an outbreak attacks 3% or more of a vessel's occupants.

CDC experts work in order to find out and confirm the source of the outbreak and also work to learn how it spreads. During investigations, the team analyzed illness logs, other documents and food-safety practices along with procedures, which are needed to be maintained.

As per health officials, the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States is norovirus.

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