The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has yet to write a report about the norovirus outbreak. The CDC tracks all norovirus oubreaks. The last outbreak of norovirus aboard a cruise ship was recorded last December aboard the Cunard's Queen Mary 2. Over 200 were reported to have gotten the norovirus during that cruise.
“Just another reason not to go on a cruise,” Alexis Herbert, from Oklahoma City, said. “I've always heard being on a cruise is like being in jail with the possibility of drowning. The chance of catching something nasty is real too.”
Norovirus is very contagious. This is especially true in “close quarters.” like those on a cruise ship. It can be passed from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by coming in contact with contaminated surfaces.
The norovirus causes “acute gastroenteritis.” It was gastroenteritis that sent Queen Elizabeth to the hospital just a few days ago. Symptoms of gastroenteritis include vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and nausea.
The staff of the Vision of the Seas increased their cleaning aboard the ship while they were still at sea. Once they reached port in Florida, the ship was received “an extensive and thorough sanitizing.”