SECOND Royal Carribean cruise ship infected with norovirus docks in San Diego
A second cruise docked in San Diego with a massive outbreak of the harmful norovirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea.
Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas reported that 135 passengers fell ill before it docked on Tuesday. Just a day before, the Celebrity Infinity cruise liner docked in the Southern California city with 106 patients. Both ships are owned by Royal Caribbean.
The Legend of the Seas carried 1,763 passengers and 747 crew on a 15-night cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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The Legend of the Seas docked Tuesday with 135 sick passengers on board – Royal Caribbean’s second ship infected in two days
Celebrity Infinity, which docked on Monday, reported 106 people who had fallen ill with norovirus
The crews immediately got to work cleaning and disinfecting the two ships. Norovirus can live on surfaces for weeks, which means other passengers could be infected as well
The Celebrity Inifity, which carried 2,117 passengers and 964 crew, traveled the same route from Florida to the Mexican Riviera.
One of the Legend of the Seas passengers, Brooke Fagan, described a day of horrific gastrointestinal issues aboard the ship.
“I ended up feeling very, very sick, very lethargic, very exhausted. couldn’t really get out of bed. I ended up throwing up and had big problems all day, ” she said KFMB-TV.
Fagan believes the virus originated at the ship’s port of call in Guatemala. She says she fell ill shortly after this stop.
The crew aboard the Legend of the Seas quarantined 15 people who became ill in their cabins for 48 hours.
Norovirus is a highly contagious virus from contaminated water or food that can live on surfaces for weeks. It causes severe gastrointestinal disturbances.
Once the two ships docked, the crews set to work cleaning every square inch of the cabins and common rooms.
The CDC, which is investigating the case, noted: “A CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health official and epidemiologist boarded the ship in San Diego, Calif., April 13, 2015 to conduct an environmental health assessment and assess the outbreak and activities. retaliate.
The two ships sailed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to San Diego for 15-night cruises. The Celebrity Infinity is pictured here
“Samples have been collected and tested by the CDC to determine that the causative agent of this outbreak is norovirus.”
The CDC also sent a crew aboard the Legend of the Seas.
In a statement sent to the Daily Mail Online, Celebrity Cruises said: “People affected by the short-lived illness have responded well to the over-the-counter medications given on board the ship,” the company said.
“During navigation, we took a number of measures to prevent disease transmission, including implementing improved cleaning procedures and protocols and using proven special cleaning products and disinfectants. that they kill the noroviruses to clean up the whole ship.
“Additionally, when Celebrity Infinity arrived in San Diego, California today, we began a full and thorough disinfection on board the ship and in the cruise terminal, to help prevent any disease from affecting shipping. later. “
The statement continued, “Additionally, all guests will receive a letter upon boarding asking if they have experienced any gastrointestinal symptoms in the past three days. Likewise, if a guest is not at the embarkation point. comfortable taking his cruise, for reasons related to his personal health or otherwise, our staff helped him to reschedule his departure for another time. “
The Maritime-Executive reported that the ship had previously experienced outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness in 2006 and 2013.